Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/1/13
4:18 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury will be out of the Red Sox’ lineup for the second straight night. Ellsbury was a late scratch from the lineup on Friday because of a left groin strain, and it appears he’s still feeling some tightness. That means Jackie Bradley Jr. will once again get the start in center field, while Daniel Nava, playing left field, will bat leadoff. Mike Carp is also penciled into John Farrell’s lineup card with a right-hander on the hill. He’ll play right field and bat second. The rest of Saturday’s lineups are below. Red Sox (33-23) Daniel Nava, LF Mike Carp, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Stephen Drew, SS Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Jose Iglesias, 3B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Felix Doubront, LHP (3-2, 5.29 ERA) Yankees (31-23) Brett Gardner, CF Kevin Youkilis, DH Robinson Cano, 2B Mark Teixeira, 1B Vernon Wells, LF Jayson Nix, SS David Adams, 3B Ichiro Suzuki, RF Chris Stewart, C Phil Hughes (2-3, 4.97 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: Round 1 went to the Yankees. But the fight has just begun. The Red Sox and Yankees will go toe-to-toe at Yankee Stadium again on Saturday night. The Sox will be looking to bounce back after dropping a 4-1 decision to CC Sabathia and the Yanks on Friday. Sabathia, who has struggled at times this season, looked like the ace he’s been for much of his career. He pitched into the eighth inning and limited the Boston offense to one run, while Jon Lester struggled with his command en route to his second loss of the season. Felix Doubront and Phil Hughes will be matched up against each other on Saturday, and it’s been an interesting season for both hurlers. Doubront’s struggles in Boston have been well-documented. He has labored through a number of starts because of lengthy at-bats and high walk totals, but he has shown improvement in his last two outings. He gave up two earned runs on five hits while striking out eight and walking two in his last start against the Indians on Sunday. Hughes has struggled as well, but he also enters Saturday’s game on the heels of a couple of good outings. Hughes got rocked while lasting less than an inning against the Mariners on May 15, but he surrendered just two runs in six innings against the Orioles on May 21 and one run over seven innings against the Mets on Monday. The Red Sox enter Saturday’s game with a one-game lead in the American League East, so hold on tight. It should be a fun one. Saturday’s action is scheduled to kick off at 7:15 p.m. Be sure to keep it right here throughout the day for all sorts of updates and what not.
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