Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/20/13
1:55 p.m.: Stephen Drew’s return highlights Saturday’s lineup card. Drew will play his first game since June 28. He injured his hamstring in that contest while legging out a double, and he was subsequently placed on the 15-day DL. Drew will play short and bat eighth, while Jose Iglesias will shift back to third base and bat ninth. Mike Carp will be in Saturday’s lineup as well. John Farrell said that he opted for Carp over Mike Napoli in order to get another left-handed bat in the lineup against Hiroki Kuroda. Saturday’s complete lineups are below. Red Sox (59-39) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Daniel Nava, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Carp, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Stephen Drew, SS Jose Iglesias, 3B John Lackey, RHP (7-6, 2.78 ERA) Yankees (51-45) Brett Gardner, CF Ichiro Suzuki, RF Robinson Cano, 2B Lyle Overbay, 1B Vernon Wells, LF Travis Hafner, DH Eduardo Nunez, SS Chris Stewart, C Luis Cruz, 3B Hiroki Kuroda, RHP (8-6, 2.65 ERA) 1:35 p.m.: Shane Victorino, who exited Friday’s game with left hamstring tightness, will be out of Boston’s lineup Saturday. The good news is that John Farrell expects Victorino to return for Sunday’s series finale. He said that Victorino has responded well to treatment, and that he arrived at the ballpark feeling much better. It’s also sounding as if Brock Holt will be optioned to make room for Stephen Drew, although the team hasn’t made an official announcement yet. The Red Sox needed to make a decision on whether to option Holt or Brandon Snyder, and Farrell expressed a desire to have Snyder’s right-handed bat. Farrell insisted that Holt will have a role with this club moving forward, however. 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox are undefeated in the second half. OK, so it’s been one game. But it doesn’t hurt to get off on the right foot, and the Red Sox did that Friday, taking down the Yankees, 4-2, in the first game of a three-game set at Fenway. The Sox and Yanks are back at it Saturday, and we should be in store for a good pitching matchup. John Lackey will go up against Hiroki Kuroda in a battle of two pitchers who have been of the utmost importance to their clubs this season. Lackey enters with a 7-6 record and a 2.78 ERA, while Kuroda is 8-6 with a 2.65 ERA. Jacoby Ellsbury and Jonny Gomes kicked off Boston’s series-opening victory with home runs in the first inning and second inning, respectively. The Red Sox would love to get off to a similar start in Saturday’s late-afternoon showdown. Saturday’s first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET. Be sure to follow the action with NESN.com’s live blog.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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