Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/4/13
5:23 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury will return to the Red Sox’ lineup Wednesday. Ellsbury was out of the lineup Tuesday, as he’s dealing with a hand issue. John Farrell said before Wednesday’s game that Ellsbury isn’t completely over the ailment, but it’s something that the outfielder will continue to manage. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will not be in the Red Sox’ lineup Wednesday. Saltalamacchia also missed Tuesday’s game, as he is dealing with a back issue. Farrell said Wednesday that Saltalamacchia’s status has improved, but the catcher figures to be out of the lineup through at least Thursday. Wednesday’s complete lineups are below. Red Sox (83-57) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Daniel Nava, LF Mike Napoli, 1B Stephen Drew, SS David Ross, C Will Middlebrooks, 3B Ryan Dempster, RHP (7-9, 4.75 ERA) Tigers (81-58) Austin Jackson, CF Torii Hunter, RF Prince Fielder, 1B Victor Martinez, DH Andy Dirks, LF Don Kelly, 3B Omar Infante, 2B Alex Avila, C Jose Iglesias, SS Rick Porcello, RHP (11-7, 4.44 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox made a statement Tuesday. Jon Lester once again pitched like an ace, Will Middlebrooks provided a big hit, Boston’s bullpen nailed down a victory and the Red Sox handed Max Scherzer just his second loss in 28 starts. The Red Sox, owners of the American League’s best record, looked like a team that’s ready for playoff baseball. The Red Sox still have 22 games remaining on the regular season schedule, though. Game No. 141 will be a rubber match against Detroit at Fenway Park. Wednesday’s matchup in Beantown will mark the end of a nine-game homestand for the Red Sox, who will start an eight-day, seven-game road trip in New York on Thursday. Ryan Dempster will face Rick Porcello in Wednesday’s series finale. Dempster pitched well his last time out, and each start he makes is important because of his unclear future. Clay Buchholz figures to return soon, at which point Dempster could be moved to the bullpen. Wednesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Tune in on NESN, and follow along with the live blog. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Headlines, Live Blog, Ricky Doyle
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