John Smoltz, making his fourth rehab start and first with Triple-A Pawtucket, is slated to throw roughly five innings and 85 pitches on Saturday night. The pitch count is the priority, so if Smoltz proves efficient tonight, he would return to the mound for a sixth inning to hit his target. For inning-by-inning updates on his start, visit the Full Count blog.
J.D. Drew will sit out Saturday night's game as a precaution with a sore shoulder. "J.D.'s shoulder is just a little sore," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before the game with Texas at Fenway Park. Rocco Baldelli will play right and bat eighth while Jacoby Ellsbury moves up to second in the order in between Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis.
Julio Lugo, who is out of the lineup today in favor of Nick Green, expressed his displeasure with a Red Sox fan base that has clearly turned against him due to his perceived defensive shortcoming.
"When people boo me, it's not fair," said Lugo. "But I can take it."
More will be posted soon at the Full Count blog.
Nick Green replaces Julio Lugo in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers. Rocco Baldelli is also in the lineup against left-hander Derek Holland of the Rangers:
RED SOX LINEUP
SP -- Lester
SP -- Holland
Nick Green will once again start at shortstop for the Red Sox on Saturday, replacing Julio Lugo at the position. With Jon Lester -- a pitcher who elicits a prevalance of grounders -- on the hill on Saturday, the Sox want their shortstop with the most range in the field, and for now, that appears to be Green rather than Lugo.
While Green has been getting the lion's share of starting time at shortstop of late, Jed Lowrie - out for most of the season following surgery on his left wrist - continues to make steps in his return to the field. He took batting practice on Friday for the first time since the surgery, and though he admitted to becoming tired by his final swings, he suggested that the day represented a "good first step" in his efforts to return to form as a hitter.
"There’s a focus on getting back as soon as possible," said Lowrie. "As far as I know, everything has gone really well. I’ve been happy with...
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