Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/26/13
5:54 p.m.: Daniel Nava will return to the Red Sox’ lineup Friday. Nava has only played in one of the last four games, and he was scheduled to sit out Thursday’s series finale against the Rays before it got rained out. Jonny Gomes has been given more of an opportunity lately, and John Farrell said that matchups have dictated his lineup decisions. Gomes is typically tough on lefties, and the Red Sox faced two against the Rays in Matt Moore and David Price. The Sox will face right-hander Chris Tillman on Friday. Friday’s complete lineups are below. Red Sox (61-42) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Daniel Nava, LF Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Stephen Drew, SS Jose Iglesias, 3B John Lackey, RHP (7-7, 2.95 ERA) Orioles (57-46) 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 Chris Tillman, RHP (12-3, 3.84 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox escaped Boston with a division lead intact — perhaps with a little help from Mother Nature. The Red Sox and Rays had their crucial series finale washed out Thursday, which kept Boston’s lead in the AL East at a half game heading into Friday’s action. The Sox will now open up a three-game series with the Orioles down in Baltimore. The Red Sox reshuffled their rotation a bit in the wake of Thursday’s rainout, but John Lackey will still toe the rubber in Boston’s next game. He carries a 7-7 record and 2.95 ERA into Friday’s contest, and he’ll be opposed by Chris Tillman, who has been great this season. Tillman is 12-3 with a 3.84 ERA, and he pitched six shutout innings against the Red Sox on June 14. Ryan Dempster and Jon Lester will be the other two Red Sox starters in the club’s weekend series in Baltimore. Dempster will go Saturday, while Lester will pitch Sunday’s finale. Felix Doubront will then pitch the makeup game against the Rays on Monday, while Brandon Workman will open up the Red Sox’ home series against the Mariners on Tuesday. John Farrell said that Workman will be available out of the bullpen Friday and Saturday since he’s now not starting until Tuesday. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Be sure to tune in on NESN, and keep it right here with NESN.com’s live blog. Filed under: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Headlines, Live Blog, Ricky Doyle
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