5:40 p.m.: Shane Victorino and outfield walls just aren’t getting along lately.
Victorino crashed into the right-field wall at Tropicana Field on Thursday, just four days after he experienced a violent collision with the right-field wall at Fenway Park. Victorino’s back, which he had problems with earlier this season, started to tighten up a bit after Thursday’s collision, and manager John Farrell will give him a rest on Friday. Daniel Nava will shift to right field, and Jonny Gomes will be inserted into the lineup to play left field.
Mike Napoli will also get the night off. Mike Carp will start at first base in his place and bat eighth.
Stephen Drew, who was moved up to seventh in the order on Thursday amid his hot streak, will slide up another spot for Friday’s game. He’ll bat sixth.
Joe Mauer will be out of the Twins’ lineup with back stiffness.
The rest of Friday’s lineups are below.
Red Sox (24-17)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Daniel Nava, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Stephen Drew, SS
Jonny Gomes, LF
Mike Carp, 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Clay Buchholz, RHP (6-0, 1.69 ERA)
Brian Dozier, 2B
Chris Parmelee, RF
Josh Willingham, DH
Justin Morneau, 1B
Ryan Doumit, C
Oswaldo Arcia, LF
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Aaron Hicks, CF
Pedro Florimon, SS
Vance Worley, RHP (1-4, 7.15 ERA)
8 a.m. ET: It’ll be hard to top Thursday’s drama.
The Red Sox were down to their final strike twice, yet they overcame a two-run deficit in the ninth inning to pull off an improbable 4-3 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field. Will Middlebrooks delivered the big blow — a bases-clearing double off Rays closer Fernando Rodney, who walked three hitters to set up the drama.
It was a huge win for the Red Sox against a division rival. They avoided losing their fourth consecutive series, and it marks their first set of back-to-back wins since May 1 and May 2. (The Sox took home Wednesday’s contest in convincing fashion.)
Now, it’s time to put the come-from-behind victory and the Rays in the rearview mirror, as the Red Sox travel to Minnesota to open up a three-game set with the Twins. The Sox dropped three of four to the Twins at Fenway Park last week.
Clay Buchholz will get the start for Boston in Friday’s series opener. He’ll look to join Yu Darvish, Matt Moore and Jordan Zimmerman on baseball’s seven-win list.
Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. Be sure to tune in on NESN, and follow all of the action right here with NESN.com’s live blog.