Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14
3:40 p.m.: After playing first base in three of the Sox’ first four games on their National League, West Coast swing, David Ortiz sits on Saturday afternoon. That means Mike Napoli returns to the lineup, as do Jonny Gomes and David Ross. For the Dodgers, Yasiel Puig actually leads off the game, so that’s an interesting look for them. Check out the lineups for both teams below: Boston Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Mike Napoli, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF Stephen Drew, SS Will Middlebrooks, 3B David Ross, C Jon Lester, LHP Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig, RF Mark Ellis, 2B Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Hanley Ramirez, SS A.J. Ellis, C Andre Ethier, CF Juan Uribe, 3B Jerry Hairston Jr., LF Hyun-jin Ryu, LHP 8 a.m. ET: The Boston Red Sox (75-55) emerged from the All-Star Break on July 19, beating the Yankees 4-2 and getting to 59-39. More than a month later, they’re still at 20 games over .500, while the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-52) are thoroughly trending upwards. So, if this weekend’s series at Chavez Ravine is a measuring stick of sorts, Boston still has much to prove. In Friday night’s opener, the Red Sox were stumped all night by Ricky Nolasco, ultimately losing 2-0 and again making John Lackey the hard-luck loser. It won’t get any easier on Saturday afternoon for Boston, as the Trolley Dodgers trot out Korean import Hyun-jin Ryu (12-4, 2.95 ERA) to face Jon Lester (11-7, 4.09). First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET, and we’ll have the starting lineups and, as Vin Scully would say, “all the stats and stories” leading up to Ryu’s first offering. If you’re so inclined, you can also follow this live blogger on Twitter at @ZachStoloff for more baseball analysis and occasional sarcasm. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Live Blog, Los Angeles Dodgers, Top Stories, Zach Stoloff
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