Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis left Friday's game prior to the top of the fifth inning due to what was described by the team as "stomach illness." He was replaced by Friday call-up Drew Sutton.

Youkilis had been 1-for-2, having delivered a two-out, two-run single against the Berwers in the bottom of the second inning. For the season, he is hitting .257 with an .858 OPS, 10 homers and 47 RBI.

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Andrew Miller will officially make his season debut for the Red Sox on Monday when he takes the hill against the Padres. Monday had been widely reported as the day the lefty starter would pitch for the big club, but Red Sox manager Terry Francona finally felt comfortable confirming the news in his pregame press conference Friday. 

Miller was 3-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 12 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket with his ERA good enough to be fifth in the International League as of Friday. 

MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Red Sox.

With Clay Buchholz pulling up lame in Tampa, Gammons said he expects the team will play it safe and put the youngster on the shelf.

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon will miss the next two games due to suspension after he successfully appealed to the league to have his original sentence of three games reduced. Papelbon said that he thought the process was done fairly and that he had asked for the new two-game suspension. The 30-year-old had originally been suspended by the league for an argument he had with umpire Tony Randazzo back on June 4. It had appeared that the closer may have bumped the umpire after being ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes. 

Jed Lowrie is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a hurt shoulder, according to manager Terry Francona. The Red Sox shortstop left Thursday night's game in Tampa Bay after striking out in the first inning and immediately grabbing his left shoulder. Francona called the results from an early Friday MRI "really pretty good" because he said the tests revealed no significant structural damage to the shoulder. Dr. Lewis Yocum will look at the MRI results to ensure that nothing is seriously wrong.

One day after Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie felt as if his shoulder slipped out of joint, Marco Scutaro is in the lineup at shortstop and batting seventh against the Brewers and starter Shaun Marcum. Jason Varitek is also in the lineup, paired with right-hander John Lackey for just the second time this year, perhaps in deference to the fact that Varitek is 4-for-10 against Marcum, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia is 0-for-6.

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Left-hander Andrew Miller, in a conversation with Pawtucket Red Sox broadcaster Dan Hoard, said that he is confident that based on how he is pitching in Triple-A that he can enjoy success in the majors. Miller -- who reportedly will start for the Sox next week, likely on Monday against the Padres -- has a 2.47 ERA for Pawtucket, including a four-start run in which he has struck out 26 and walked just three over 25 1/3 innings.

The Red Sox finished their nine-game road trip in style, beating the Rays 4-2 Thursday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Sox only lost one game on the road swing and have won 10 of their last 11.

It was the Red Sox' most successful nine-game road swing since 1977.

Both Jed Lowrie and Clay Buchholz were forced to leave the Red Sox' series finale against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla., Thursday night. 

Lowrie, who has been battling a sore left shoulder since colliding with Carl Crawford on May 27, exited the lineup after striking out with the bases loaded in the first inning against Tampa Bay starter David Price. With the punchout, Lowrie now is in the midst of an 0-for-15 stretch, while having notched just one hit in 17 at-bats on the nine-game road trip. He was replaced by Marco Scutaro.