Johnny Damon was hitting lead off and had a BA of .251 more than half way through the season. Walker, Garciaparra, Manny and Millar followed and all were batting over .300, as was Ortiz, who was in the 6 hole. Kapler, Mueller and Varitek filled the bottom 3 of the line-up, and both Mueller and Varitek had .300+ batting averages. Derek Lowe and David Wells were the starting pitchers and both had 10-3 W-L records after this game. Except for Damon, every Red Sox player had a BA of .287 or better.