Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/6/13
5:12 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury will be out of the Red Sox’ lineup for the second time in four games. Ellsbury has been dealing with a hand issue that arose last weekend against the White Sox. However, according to The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham, it’s a foot injury that will keep Ellsbury out of Friday’s lineup. Shane Victorino will shift over to center field and slide into the leadoff spot in Ellsbury’s absence. Jonny Gomes will play left field and bat second with a left-hander on the mound. It marks the 14th time this season that Gomes has batted second. Friday’s complete lineups are below. Red Sox (85-57) Shane Victorino, CF Jonny Gomes, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Daniel Nava, RF Stephen Drew, SS David Ross, C Will Middlebrooks, 3B Felix Doubront, LHP (10-6, 3.89 ERA) Yankees (75-65) Brett Gardner, CF Derek Jeter, DH Alfonso Soriano, LF Robinson Cano, 2B Alex Rodriguez, 3B Vernon Wells, RF Eduardo Nunez, SS Mark Reynolds, 1B Chris Stewart, C Andy Pettitte, LHP (10-9, 4.01 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox keep finding new ways to win games. Thursday’s series opener in the Bronx was a dogfight. The Red Sox looked poised for an easy win, but the Yankees used a six-run seventh inning to grab an 8-7 lead and put Boston’s backs up against the wall. The Sox — as they’ve done so often this season — responded to the adversity in a big way, rallying against Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning and eventually winning in 10 innings following an RBI single from Shane Victorino. Thursday’s victory was long, eventful, dramatic and actually quite ugly. The Red Sox should have had the game in hand while leading 7-2 in the seventh inning, but their bullpen imploded. After Jake Peavy allowed the first two hitters of the seventh to reach, Matt Thornton and Junichi Tazawa simply couldn’t cut off New York’s momentum. The Red Sox still emerged victorious, though, and they’re really rolling right now. They’ll send Felix Doubront to the mound Friday, and he’ll be opposed by another southpaw in Andy Pettitte. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Headlines, Live Blog, New York Yankees, Ricky Doyle
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