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5:02 p.m.: John Farrell said Friday that Ryan Dempster will pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season.
4:58 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury took part in baseball activities Friday for the first time since being diagnosed with a navicular bone fracture in his right foot. He threw and hit off a tee, which is an encouraging sign. There’s still no timetable for Ellsbury’s return.
4:45 p.m.: Shane Victorino was originally scheduled to be in the lineup Friday, but he was a late scratch. Victorino has been dealing with a jammed right thumb, although John Farrell said that he expects the outfielder to be fine.
Jackie Bradley Jr. will take Victorino’s spot in center field. Bradley, who had two hits in Thursday’s win, will bat ninth.
Mike Carp will start in left field for the second straight game. He’ll bat fifth once again, as Daniel Nava will bat second and man right field.
Friday’s complete lineups are below.
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Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Daniel Nava, RF
David Ortiz, DH
BEST OF MAXIM
BOSTON — There wasn’t much doubt before. Now, there shouldn’t be any doubt.
Jon Lester turned in another ace-like effort Friday while guiding the Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays and their first AL East crown since 2007. In the process, Lester made it abundantly clear — through his performance — that he should and almost certainly will take the ball when the...
BOSTON — The Red Sox have 10 more games to figure out who exactly is going to be on the playoff roster. John Farrell already has an idea as to how his roster will be constructed, though.
Farrell said on WEEI’s Salk & Holley on Wednesday that he expects to carry 11 pitchers on the playoff roster. That would include four starters and seven relievers, although it’s unclear...
The Red Sox went about their business as usual after clinching a playoff spot Thursday night. Expect a bit more emotion if they knock off the Blue Jays on Friday.
A win over Toronto — or a Tampa Bay loss — will clinch the American League East for the Sox, marking just their second division title in the last 18 years.
Boston will be going for consistency in the series opener with...
There was no party. No champagne. No jumping in pools. Just a couple of hugs, handshakes and high-fives.
That’s how the Boston Red Sox celebrated clinching a postseason berth Thursday night after beating the Orioles, 3-1. Word around the Sox clubhouse is their next win, which would clinch the AL East division crown, will set off a much bigger...
BOSTON — The Red Sox made good on their promise.
Even if the Red Sox fail to notch a single playoff win, we can all look back at the 2013 season and say that John Farrell and Co. lived up to their preseason pledges.
The key word back in October when Farrell was hired as the 46th manager in Red Sox history was, “relentless.” Before long, the trait became ingrained in Boston’s...
Team ZZ-Bop did it. They went from last to first against all odds and all punditry. They captured the hearts of fans with beards and bravado. Tonight, they finished the deal with Jon Lester firing seven solid innings to capture his 100th career win in the 6-3 victory. They did it with Koji Uehara getting five outs to close it out. They got it from Mike Carp knocking in three of the...
BOSTON — Wouldn’t it be fitting if the Red Sox met Terry Francona‘s Cleveland Indians in the ALDS?
Red Sox manager John Farrell reiterated Wednesday that his club is trying to take care of its own business, but he also admitted that a potential matchup with his long-time buddy has crossed his mind.
“Yeah, there’d be a lot of stories to all of it if that’s the way it works...
The Red Sox will send Jon Lester against Esmil Rogers tonight in pursuit of the American League East crown. On Saturday night, Clay Buchholz will face off against Mark Buehrle, while Felix Doubront will match up against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Sunday afternoon.
BOSTON — You probably didn’t need any more proof that this year’s Red Sox team is a loose bunch. But David Ortiz showed just how relaxed they are prior to Thursday’s series finale against the Orioles.
Ortiz barged into John Farrell‘s pregame news conference Thursday and started complaining about the scorekeeper — just as he did during one of Terry Francona‘s pregame...
BOSTON — The Red Sox are a confident team, regardless of the venue. They’ve been particularly tough at Fenway Park, though, and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs is in their grasps.
The Red Sox enter Sunday’s action with a 1 1/2-game lead over the Athletics for the best record in the American League. While John Farrell will look to give some guys some rest over Boston’s...
The Boston Red Sox clinched the AL East title on Friday night, getting seven strong innings from Jon Lester to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 and eliminate Tampa Bay from the division race.
One night after securing their first playoff appearance since 2009, the Red Sox added their first division title since `07. Boston entered the night with a magic number of one -- meaning the...
BOSTON — The Red Sox have a major issue on their hands, and it involves Dustin Pedroia.
Pedroia was given the night off Saturday. No big deal, right? Well, Pedroia doesn’t really function like most other athletes — or people for that matter. The veteran second baseman almost certainly would rather be on the field, which means that it should be an interesting night for those...
Despite being saddled with his first loss of the season, Clay Buchholz had a lot to feel good about on Saturday night.
Buchholz felt good physically, and he felt his command improving from his last game against the Yankees. With the exception of the fourth inning where things “snowballed,” as the right-hander put it, Buchholz tossed a good game. John Farrell agreed and said...
First Pitch: Friday 7:10, Saturday 7:10, Sunday 1:35
Arms: Friday: Esmil Rogers, RHP (5-7, 4.47 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (14-8, 3.75 ERA)
Saturday: Mark Buehrle, LHP (11-9, 4.17 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz, RHP (11-0, 1.51 ERA)
Sunday: R.A. Dickey, RHP (13-12, 4.21 ERA) vs. Felix Doubront, LHP (10-6, 4.15 ERA)
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