Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/26/14
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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. Red Sox (93-61) Dustin Pedroia, 2B Daniel Nava, RF David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Mike Carp, LF Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Will Middlebrooks, 3B Stephen Drew, SS Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Jon Lester, LHP (14-8, 3.75 ERA) Blue Jays (70-82) Jose Reyes, SS Rajai Davis, LF Brett Lawrie, 3B Colby Rasmus, CF Moises Sierra, DH Mark DeRosa, 1B Anthony Gose, RF J.P. Arencibia, C Ryan Goins, 2B Esmil Rogers, RHP (5-7, 4.47 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox are officially in. Boston clinched its first playoff berth since 2009 on Thursday as John Lackey tossed a complete-game gem against the Orioles. The Red Sox can now clinch the AL East crown with a win or a Rays loss. (Tampa Bay lost to Texas on Thursday.) Lackey was fantastic Thursday. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and went the distance in what was a very fitting way to clinch a playoff spot. Lackey stumbled through two poor seasons with Boston before missing all of 2012 because of Tommy John surgery, and the Red Sox collapsed in September 2011 before putting together an awful 69-93 campaign in 2012. Thursday’s win really embodied Boston’s amazing turnaround this season. Jon Lester will look to lock up the AL East on Friday as the Red Sox welcome the Blue Jays to Boston. Lester can also help solidify his status as Boston’s Game 1 playoff starter with a strong showing. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Be sure to tune in on NESN, and keep it right here with NESN.com’s live blog. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Headlines, Live Blog, Ricky Doyle, Toronto Blue Jays
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