Kevin Youkilis, who left Thursday night's game after fouling a ball off his left shin, said he was ready for pinch-hitting duty Friday and would ready to return to the lineup Saturday.
"I'll play tomorrow, for sure. No doubt," Youkilis told reporters in Anaheim. The X-rays which the first baseman took during the Sox' win Thursday night came back negative.
"I'm doing better today," Youkilis added. "Just basically if they need me at any point, I can go in there and do something. Basically it's a lot better than it was yesterday, so that's a good sign."
Youkilis said there was some initial concern after Red Sox head trainer Mike Reinold evaluated the injury.
"I've fouled balls off pretty hard before. I didn't think it was as bas as it could be," Youkilis said. "But there were a couple of spots [Reinold] hit and he wanted to be a little cautious about it. He wanted to make sure, so we got...
The Red Sox will put Jacoby Ellsbury back in the leadoff spot for the first time since April 7, as the Sox take on the Angels and their righty starter Dan Haren. Ellsbury is currently hitting .186 with an on-base percentage .273.
“We had to make some changes. We don’t have a lot of good history against [Haren]," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters. "He’s having his way with the league right now."
Jed Lowrie remains in the lineup, playing third base in the place of Kevin Youkilis, who suffered an injury to his left shin Thursday night.
The Red Sox' lineup in the second game of their four-game set with LA in Anaheim is as follows:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Jed Lowrie 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Carl Crawford LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Marco Scutaro SS
Jon Lester P
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NEW YORK -- The Knicks have decided that Chauncey Billups' strained right knee hasn't recovered sufficiently enough to play in Game 3 of the Celtics' first-round Eastern Conference series against New York, ruling the point guard out for Friday night's game. Knicks' forward Amar'e Stoudemire, who has been battling a pulled muscle in his back, was in the Knicks' starting lineup.
"We were pretty sure he was not playing and we were ready either way," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "It doesn’t change our gameplan honestly. We’re going to play the same regardless of who plays."
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The Patriots worked out wide receiver Vidal Hazelton and offensive lineman Jason Kelce out of Cincinnati on Friday, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Hazelton is a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder who was at Souther Cal before transferring to Cincinnati. In his collegiate career, he had 63 catches for 649 yards and four touchdowns. Kelce is an interior offensive linemen who was at both guard and center over the course of his college career, and was named All-BIG EAST second team as a senior. Both are considered late-round draft possibilities. For more on the Patriots, check out weei.com/patriots.
Knicks stars Amar'e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups did not participate in active practice for the second straight day, retreating to the trainer's room during the team's shootaround on Friday, according to The New York Times.
Both players are game-time decisions for Friday night's Game 3 against the Celtics, although "Stoudemire is far more likely to play than Billups," The Times reported.
"We're pretty optimistic," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni told the paper about Stoudemire's pulled back muscle. As for Billups' strained left knee? "Less optimistic."
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