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08/04/2010 - 3:09pm
Lineups: Ells pushes Scutaro to No. 2
By: DJ Bean

 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

6. Adrian Beltre, 3B

7. Ryan Kalish, LF

8. Jed Lowrie, 2B

9. Kevin Cash, C

SP -- Jon Lester

 

For more on the game, including batter vs. pitcher matchups, go to weei.com/redsox


08/04/2010 - 1:49pm
A-Rod finally hits 600th home run

Exactly three years to the day when he hit his 500th home run, Alex Rodriguez blasted No. 600 in the Yankees' afternoon game against the Blue Jays. In becoming the youngest player ever to reach 600, A-Rod hit a first-inning shot off Toronto's Shaun Marcum. It ended a 12-game homerless drought for Rodriguez, who now has 17 home runs this year.


08/04/2010 - 12:54pm
Rodney Harrison blasts Favre

Former Patriots defensive back Rodney Harrison ripped Brett Favre on Wednesday, saying the quarterback “loves the media attention” that comes with his annual decision about whether or not to return to the NFL for another season.

Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show, Harrison, who has blasted Favre before, said he’s never understood the veteran quarterback, and added that “guys who really have class” like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning would never put their teammates through the drama.

“You get to a point at 40 years old that you know exactly what you want to do — if you want to play football or not,” Harrison said. “And that’s why I’ve been critical of this guy. Because it’s so unfair to your teammates, it’s unfair to your coaches,...

08/04/2010 - 12:50pm
Francona on D&H: Lowell needs to stay fresh

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."

 

The Sox manager then announced that Lowell will not be getting the start at first base in Wednesday's contest. Victor Martinez instead will play there with Kevin Cash getting the start behind the plate.

 

"If we keep [Lowell] fresh, he's a really good hitter. He's always been a good hitter. So again, I don't think you take a guy who hasn't played in three weeks and run him out there every day for a week....

08/04/2010 - 12:12pm
Ellsbury to lead off, Lowell to sit Wednesday

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.

 

Tuesday night hero Mike Lowell will not get the start at first base with the right-handed Justin Masterson pitching for Cleveland. Victor Martinez will start at first while Kevin Cash will catch. J.D. Drew is slated to play right field, with rookie Ryan Kalish starting in left.


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