Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/15/13
5:09 p.m.: It seemed likely that Mike Napoli would get a day off Thursday despite Wednesday’s ninth-inning heroics. But John Farrell will go with Daniel Nava at first base rather than Mike Carp. Nava has started just five games at first base this season, but he’ll be down there for Thursday’s series finale. He’ll bat eighth, while Will Middlebrooks will round out the lineup in the No. 9 spot. Jonny Gomes will get the call in left field and bat fifth. Stephen Drew will bat sixth, and Ryan Lavarnway will start behind the plate and bat seventh. Check out Thursday’s complete lineups below. Red Sox (72-50) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Jonny Gomes, LF Stephen Drew, SS Ryan Lavarnway, C Daniel Nava, 1B Will Middlebrooks, 3B Jake Peavy, RHP (9-4, 4.50 ERA) Blue Jays (55-65) Jose Reyes, SS Rajai Davis, CF Jose Bautista, RF Edwin Encarnacion, DH Brett Lawrie, 3B Adam Lind, 1B J.P. Arencibia, C Kevin Pillar, LF Munenori Kawasaki, 2B Mark Buehrle, LHP (8-7, 4.43 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox nearly pulled off another incredible, come-from-behind victory Wednesday, but they just couldn’t get one more big hit. The Red Sox were down to their final out Wednesday when Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer to tie the game at three apiece. The Sox then loaded the bases in the ninth inning and put two more runners on in the 10th inning, but they were unable to push across any more runs, and Brett Lawrie’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th secured a 4-3 Toronto victory. It was a valiant effort by Boston, although it’ll still show up in the loss column. The Red Sox will send Jake Peavy to the hill Thursday as they look to bounce back in the series finale. Peavy has started just two games for Boston, and they were on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. Peavy went seven innings and allowed just two runs on four hits while striking out seven in his Red Sox debut on Aug. 3. Then, he got lit up for six runs on 10 hits without a single strikeout in his second outing on Aug. 9. Peavy is a 12-year veteran, so he knows a thing or two about rebounding from a bad start. He’ll face another wily vet on Thursday, though, as the Blue Jays will send Mark Buehrle to the hill. Buehrle enters with an 8-7 record and 4.43 ERA in 24 starts this season. Thursday will mark the end of the Red Sox’ season-long 11-day road trip. It’ll be their 10th game in that span, and they enter with a 4-5 record thus far. The Red Sox would certainly love a win to get to .500 for the trip and to put them into a good place before a three-game series with the Yankees back at Fenway. Thursday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. Be sure to tune in on NESN, and stick around NESN.com’s live blog. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Headlines, Live Blog, Ricky Doyle, Toronto Blue Jays

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