Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/4/13
12:22 p.m.: John Farrell provided a couple of injury updates before Thursday’s game. Clay Buchholz will throw from 90 feet Thursday, which will mark his third consecutive day throwing. He’s expected to throw from a little more distance, and he won’t throw on Friday. It sounds like he’s making strides. Stephen Drew, who is battling a hamstring issue, will run again Thursday. Farrell said that if the shortstop continues to progress, he could be in the lineup on Saturday in Los Angeles. 11:56 a.m.: Ryan Lavarnway will get the start behind the plate on Thursday with the day game after a night game. The rest of the lineups are below. Red Sox (52-34) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF Brandon Snyder, 3B Ryan Lavarnway, C Jose Iglesias, SS Allen Webster, RHP (0-2, 9.50 ERA) Padres (40-45) Logan Forsythe, 2B Will Venable, RF Carlos Quentin, LF Chase Headley, 3B Jesus Guzman, 1B Mark Kotsay, DH Nick Hundley, C Alexi Amarista, CF Pedro Ciriaco, SS Eric Stults, LHP (6-6, 3.51 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: Eight walk-offs and counting. The Red Sox have had a flair for the dramatic this season, winning 26.7 percent of their home games in walk-off fashion. Jonny Gomes is responsible for two walk-off home runs this year, including one to cap a 2-1 victory over the Padres on Wednesday. The Red Sox will look to finish off a three-game sweep of the Padres on Thursday before heading out on a 10-game West Coast road trip. They’re 7-1 on the current homestand. Allen Webster will toe the rubber in an Independence Day clash with left-hander Eric Stults. Webster pitched well his last time out against Toronto, but he didn’t factor in the decision. He’s now 0-2 with a 9.50 ERA through his first four big league starts, although the numbers don’t reflect the strides he has made and the stuff he has exhibited. The Sox enter Thursday’s matinee tied with 52 wins, which is tied with the Pirates for the most in baseball. No other American League team has more than 49. Will the Fourth of July yield win No. 53? Tune in on NESN, and follow along right here with NESN.com’s live blog to find out. Thursday’s first pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m., so you have a perfect supplement to your Fourth of July festivities.

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

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