Red Sox Second Half Must and Must Nots

Amanda BrunoCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 24: General Manager Theo Epstein and Manger Terry Francona of the Boston Red Sox watch the pre-game action before a game with the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, April 24, 2009, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Red Sox Nation is going through some major withdrawal, but once Friday kicks in, it'll be a 74-game marathon to the American League East finish line.

Clay Buchholz has something to prove once and for all at the major league level Friday. Who knows, this start may just be his first and last in a Boston uniform in 2009. However, it won't be against Roy Halladay, instead it'll be Ricky Romero.
Boston is holding a three game lead over the New York Yankees who were swept by the Los Angeles Angels just before the All-Star break. It'll be interesting if that effects the Bronx Bombers at all.
The rest of the July schedule isn't one of the easiest. The Sox begin with a six-game, two-series road trip visiting Toronto and then Texas who is battling the Angels for first place in the West. Then they return back to Fenway for a seven-game, two-series home stand with the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics
On the trade deadline, July 31, Boston begins a nine-game, three-series road trip into August with the Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, and New York Yankees. This series could easily make or break the outcome of the season.
There's rumors galore about what Sox general manager Theo Epstein needs to do.
Ken Rosenthal of is reporting that the Red Sox are "desperately" trying to deal Julio Lugo. A lot of people won't buy this unless ESPN or The Boston Globe says otherwise.
Here's the quick breakdown:
Boston needs...
another solid bat
bench guy
Boston doesn't necessarily need...
Roy Halladay
starting pitcher
Honestly, they don't need to do too much, but they need to do something. Thoughts?