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Sportswriter of Destiny

So this Svrluga guy is probably home by now, sitting in his silk pajamas, drinking a glass of wine and enjoying a home-cooked meal -- or at least a microwave pizza. Dude is charmed, no doubt -- much like the Colorado Rockies themselves. They sweep the Diamondbacks, he gets on a plane headed to Washington and is home in time to catch the first pitch of the Boston/Cleveland game on TV. What a slacker.

I'm kidding about all this, of course. Barry is actually planning to join me in Boston for Games 6 and 7 this weekend, if the ALCS goes that long. Will it go that long? Tonight's Game 4, obviously, is huge. We'll probably know within an inning or two whether Boston's Tim Wakefield has his good knuckleball working. Cleveland's Paul Byrd, meantime, will give up a bunch of hits, and his success will depend on to what extent he can minimize the damage.

But there's also this: rain. Just now, it went from a light drizzle to a total downpour, and as we sit here now -- at 7:08 p.m. -- the grounds crew is about to put the tarp back on the field. Word is, there is every expectation of getting this game in. It's just a matter of whether there will be any delays.

Here, then, are your lineup. Only noteworthy changes are the inclusion of both teams' backup catchers (which means Cleveland's Victor Martinez moves to 1B):

For the Red Sox:
2B Dustin Pedroia
1B Kevin Youkilis
DH David Ortiz
LF Manny Ramirez
3B Mike Lowell
RF J.D. Drew
CF Coco Crisp
C Doug Mirabelli
SS Julio Lugo
(RHP Tim Wakefield)

For the Indians:
CF Grady Sizemore
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
DH Travis Hafner
1B Victor Martinez
SS Jhonny Peralta
LF Kenny Lofton
3B Casey Blake
RF Franklin Gutierrez
C Kelly Shoppach
(RHP Paul Byrd)

By Dave Sheinin  |  October 16, 2007; 6:58 PM ET
 
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