Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/12/13
4:52 p.m.: Xander Bogaerts will be in the starting lineup Thursday. He’ll play third base in place of Will Middlebrooks and bat eighth while Jackie Bradley Jr. rounds out the lineup in the No. 9 spot. Dustin Pedroia will once again bat leadoff in Jacoby Ellsbury’s absence. Thursday’s complete lineups are below. Red Sox (89-58) Dustin Pedroia, 2B Daniel Nava, RF David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Jonny Gomes, LF Stephen Drew, SS Xander Bogaerts, 3B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Jake Peavy, RHP (11-5, 4.01 ERA) Rays (78-66) David DeJesus, LF Ben Zobrist, 2B James Loney, 1B Evan Longoria, 3B Matt Joyce, DH Wil Myers, RF Desmond Jennings, CF Jose Lobaton, C Yunel Escobar, SS Jeremy Hellickson, RHP (11-8, 5.04 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: Another day. Another dramatic win. The Red Sox once again won in thrilling fashion Wednesday, as Mike Carp drilled a pinch-hit grand slam in the 10th inning to lift Boston past Tampa Bay 7-3. The blast came after the Rays scored a run off Brandon Workman in both the seventh and eighth inning to tie the game. Carp’s grand salami ensured that the Red Sox would leave their three-game series at Tropicana Field with at least two wins. The Sox will look to complete the sweep Thursday as Jake Peavy goes up against Jeremy Hellickson. Boston is also seeking its 90th win of the season. When the Red Sox reach the 90-win mark, it’ll be the fifth time in the last seven years that they’ve accomplished the feat. It’ll be their 11th 90-win season in 16 campaigns — only the Yankees have more in that span (13). Thursday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Tune in on NESN and keep it right here. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Headlines, Live Blog, Ricky Doyle, Tampa Bay Rays
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