Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell won't be activated for Friday night's game. The team will wait for the July 31 trading deadline dust to settle before making a decision about a roster move involving the 2007 World Series MVP.


Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons of NESN and the MLB Network joined The Big Show on Friday, offering up his thoughts on what the Red Sox and their competitors may do before Saturday's trade deadline. Though he stated he didn't think the team would acquire a bat for the outfield, Gammons noted that the team would likely look for bullpen arms.


Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, following a three-game spell in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League, was scheduled to be examined in Boston on Friday by the team's medical staff. Barring an unexpected setback, he will be transferred to Triple-A Pawtucket to continue his rehab on Saturday.


Ellsbury, who has appeared in just nine games this year, has been on the disabled list since May 28 due to rib fractures.


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The Red Sox will kick off their four-game series with the Tigers at Fenway Park with the following lineup against Detroit starter Armando Galarraga:


Scutaro SS

Drew RF

Youkilis 1B

Ortiz DH

Martinez C

Beltre 3B

Lowrie 2B

Cameron CF

Patterson LF

Lester P


A couple of weeks ago in a midseason Red Sox report card I posed this question:



NESN commentator and Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice joined The Big Show Thursday to talk about his experience and opinion of the Hall of Fame now that he is an official member of "the club" in Cooperstown, while shedding some light on the Red Sox' decisions facing the trade deadline, and why power hitters seem to be missing from the major leagues.


According to a major league source, the Padres “kicked the tires” regarding the availability of Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie, but San Diego will not pursue him as a solution for their depleted infield. Lowrie has played in six games since returning from the disabled list with mono, hitting .250/.318/.400/.718 with 3 RBI in six games.


Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias, who has missed the last two months due an occult fracture of his right index finger, is nearing a return to games. The 20-year-old has started taking batting practice, and could start playing again by this weekend. The Sox have yet to determine whether he will return directly to Double-A Portland, or if he will instead start at a lower level of the minors.


ESPN baseball analyst J.P. Ricciardi joined The Big Show on Thursday and shed light on Saturday's MLB trade deadline. He noted that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has a couple of areas to address.


ANAHEIM -- According to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, the MRI taken on J.D. Drew's injured left hamstring indicated the ailment didn't appear serious and that his availability for the Sox' weekend series against the Tigers would depend on how the outfielder feels Friday.