Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/27/13
4:41 p.m.: Daniel Nava returned to the Red Sox’ lineup for Friday’s series opener, but he struggled. He struck out three times in the loss, including once with the bases loaded in the first inning. Nava won’t be in Saturday’s starting lineup. John Farrell has instead penciled Mike Carp into left field. Carp will bat sixth — sandwiched by Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Saturday’s complete lineups are below. Red Sox (61-43) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Mike Carp, LF Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Stephen Drew, SS Jose Iglesias, 3B Ryan Dempster, RHP (5-8, 4.28 ERA) Orioles (58-46) Nate McLouth, LF Manny Machado, 3B Nick Markakis, RF Adam Jones, CF Chris Davis, 1B Matt Wieters, C J.J. Hardy, SS Henry Urrutia, DH Brian Roberts, 2B Scott Feldman, RHP (2-1, 4.73) 4:20 p.m.: The Rays won again. Chris Archer shut down the Yankees’ struggling offense Saturday, holding New York to just two hits while tossing a complete-game shutout. They Rays won, 1-0, and with the victory, they move to one full game ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East standings. 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox find themselves in a spot they haven’t been in since May 27: second place. The Red Sox dropped the first game of their series in Baltimore on Friday, while the Rays took care of the Yankees in the Bronx. With Tampa’s win and Boston’s loss, the Rays now enter Saturday’s action with a half game lead in the American League East. The Red Sox’ offense was to blame Friday, as Chris Tillman tossed seven shutout innings en route to a victory. Tillman has developed into a thorn in Boston’s side, as the right-hander is 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA (two earned runs in 18 1/3 innings) in three starts against the Red Sox this season. Ryan Dempster will look to stop the bleeding Saturday, although he’ll need to be better than he has been in his last two starts. Dempster hasn’t factored into a decision since June 25 — a span of four starts. The Red Sox are 6-3 since the beginning of June when Dempster starts, though, so Boston will have that working in its favor. Saturday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Be sure to stick around. Filed under: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Headlines, Live Blog, Ricky Doyle

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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