Both Jed Lowrie and Mike Lowell will be in the lineup when the Red Sox begin a critical four-game series with the Yankees on Friday night. Lowrie and Lowell will be at second and first base, respectively, with Clay Buchholz on the mound.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Marco Scutaro, SS
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Martinez, C
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Mike Lowell, 1B
8. Ryan Kalish, LF
9. Jed Lowrie, 2B
SP -- Clay Buchholz
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The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will begin a four game series at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on Friday night. The Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound against Javier Vazquez. Buchholz has allowed less than two earned runs in four of his last five starts, but has allowed 15 runs over his last 14.2 innings pitched against the Yankees. The Yankees have won eight of their last nine home games against the Red Sox, outscoring them 58-31 during that stretch. Jed Lowrie will get the start at second base for the Red Sox tonight. Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Ellsbury - CF
Scutaro - SS
Ortiz - DH
Martinez - C
Beltre - 3B
Drew - RF
Lowell - 1B
Kalish - LF
Lowrie - 2B
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The Red Sox will place left-hander Hideki Okajima on the disabled list. In his place, the Red Sox have recalled left-hander Felix Doubront from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Okajima experienced hamstring discomfort during his outing on Thursday night, manager Terry Francona said after the game. The Sox veteran is 4-3 with a 5.85 ERA in 2010. Doubront is 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA in three starts for the Sox this year. He recently pitched in relief for the first time as a professional, retiring all six batters he faced for Triple-A Pawtucket, four on strikeouts and two on groundballs.
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"He's surprising everybody," Schefter said. "Even today during [an interview], he said that the doctors told him it would be eight to nine months before he's back on the field, before he could think about being back on the field. ... The guy is an awfully tough football player, and what he's done here has been remarkable."
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Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
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