Jacoby Ellsbury will be hitting leadoff when he makes his long-awaited return to the lineup Wednesday night against former Sox pitcher Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians. Shortstop Marco Scutaro, who filled in nicely atop the order in Ellsbury's absence, will hit second. Mike Lowell, who homered on Tuesday, is out of the lineup as Victor Martinez mans first base with Kevin Cash behind the plate. 

 

RED SOX

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Marco Scutaro, SS

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Victor Martinez, 1B

5. J.D. Drew, RF

Red Sox manager Terry Francona gave his usual Wednesday interview with the Dale & Holley show and talked about Mike Lowell's triumphant return to the lineup Tuesday and the several frustrating phases Lowell had to go through to get to that point. 

 

"He was frustrated and not happy. We understand that," Francona said. "But that kind of goes away when he got back in the lineup. It's amazing how that works. This game has a way of taking care of itself. It's unbelievable."

 

Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced in his weekly talk with the Dale & Holley show that Jacoby Ellsbury will be activated for Wednesday night's game and will be back in the leadoff spot as the center fielder in the lineup, assuming no problems arise during batting practice. Marco Scutaro will move to the No. 2 spot in the batting order.

 

NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, and the first point of discussion was Mike Lowell's home run in his first at-bat back since being activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Remy seemed just as astonished by the feat as any other ardent Red Sox follower.

 

"It's been such a wild ride for him. For him to come up and hit a home run on the first he pitch he sees was pretty amazing. It was one of those magic Fenway moments you see every now and then," said Remy.

 

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox, Yankees and Rangers had agreed upon the framework of a three-team deal that would have sent Mike Lowell to the Yankees, brought Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Red Sox and sent prospects to Texas prior to the July 31 deadline for non-waiver trades. In that proposed deal, the Sox would have paid all but the prorated minimum of Lowell's salary.

 

At the end of a night when he clubbed the first big league pitch that he had seen in six weeks over the Green Monster for a two-run home run, it seemed obvious. It had worked out for the best for everyone that Mike Lowell had stayed in Boston.



Terry Francona confirmed in his postgame press conference Tuesday that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (broken ribs) will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. Ellsbury, who has not played for the Red Sox since May 24, had three hits Tuesday in his final rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

"He brings something to our lineup that we've been missing," said Francona of Ellsbury on Tuesday. "That threat to run and the speed when he is healthy and going, what he can do, that gives us a different look that teams have to respect."

Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer on the first major league pitch he'd seen since June 22, and Red Sox starter Josh Beckett overpowered the Cleveland lineup to lead the Sox to a 3-1 victory at Fenway Park.

 

Cleveland reliever Jensen Lewis threw a pitch behind the back of Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre in the bottom of the eighth inning, prompting Beltre to shout while taking a few steps towards the mound, a prelude to both benches emptying onto the field. The pitch thrown by Lewis came one inning after reliever Justin Germano threw a pitch behind the back of David Ortiz.

 

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said that the club thinks it likely that Jacoby Ellsbury will be activated from he disabled list in the next day or two. The GM said that the decision on his activation will be made jointly by the Sox and the outfielder in concert with the medical staff, all of whom are scheduled to talk on Tuesday evening. Epstein underscored that all parties are in agreement about how to proceed. 

 

"We’ve been on the same page for a long time about this," said Epstein. "I’m sure we will be tonight, too."