Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/14/13
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11:45 a.m.: The big news coming out Sunday morning is in regards to closer Joel Hanrahan. Hanrahan, who has struggled in his last three outings, is dealing with right hamstring soreness. He apparently tweaked his hamstring on a pitch during his second appearance of the year in New York. Farrell described Hanrahan as “day to day,” and the club will look to let the issue settle down before Hanrahan resumes game activity. Farrell said Andrew Bailey will serve as the closer on Sunday if the opportunity presents itself. 11:15 a.m.: Jackie Bradley Jr. will make his return to the starting lineup on Sunday after being held out of Saturday’s game. Bradley enters the contest having not played in two of the last four games, as manager John Farrell has instead gone with other options in his place. Bradley, who has struggled mightily at the plate of late, will bat ninth and man left field. Daniel Nava will serve as the DH with the right-hander in Cobb on the mound. Nava will bat fifth. Nava will hit between Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks. Farrell said before the game that he wanted to split up the righties, but having a contact guy in between two hitters who have a tendency of striking out also makes sense. Stephen Drew will bat in between Middlebrooks and Jarrod Saltalamacchia — which puts a lefty in between a right-hander and a switch-hitter. The complete lineups are below. Red Sox Jacoby Ellbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Mike Napoli, 1B Daniel Nava, DH Will Middlebrooks, 3B Stephen Drew, SS Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Jackie Bradley Jr., LF Clay Buchholz, RHP Rays Desmond Jennings, CF Ben Zobrist, 2B Evan Longoria, 3B Matt Joyce, DH Yunel Escobar, SS James Loney, 1B Jose Molina, C Elliot Johnson, LF Sam Fuld, RF Alex Cobb, RHP 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox needed that extra-inning win on Saturday. After two losses in a row, including a devastating loss following a blown save on Wednesday night, the Sox needed to regain the momentum they established out of the gate this season, and perhaps a walk-off victory can do that. The Red Sox will now try to make it two in a row against the Rays on Sunday. Clay Buchholz will try for his third win of the season. Jon Lester failed in his attempt for win No. 3 on Saturday, although the left-hander pitched very well in his seven innings of work. Buchholz will go up against Alex Cobb, who is making his first start since April 6. Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET. Be sure to tune in to NESN for Red Sox coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET, and stay right here throughout the afternoon for all types of craziness.
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