Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/13/13
5:25 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury resumed physical (non-baseball) activities Friday. John Farrell said that Ellsbury is out of the boot and did some work in the pool. There is still no timetable for the outfielder’s return. 5:05 p.m.: Mike Carp will be inserted into Boston’s lineup Friday. He’ll bat cleanup, as David Ortiz continues to hit third with Dustin Pedroia sliding up into the leadoff spot in Jacoby Ellsbury’s absence. Friday’s complete lineups are below. Red Sox (89-59) Dustin Pedroia, 2B Shane Victorino, RF David Ortiz, DH Mike Carp, 1B Daniel Nava, LF Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Stephen Drew, SS Will Middlebrooks, 3B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF John Lackey, RHP (9-12, 3.48 ERA) Yankees (79-68) Curtis Granderson, CF Alex Rodriguez, DH Robinson Cano, 2B Alfonso Soriano, LF Lyle Overbay, 1B Eduardo Nunez, 3B Ichiro Suzuki, RF Brendan Ryan, SS Chris Stewart, C Hiroki Kuroda, RHP (11-10, 2.99 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox will begin their final homestand of the regular season Friday. Boston has 14 games left on its 2013 schedule. Nine will take place at the friendly confines of Fenway Park, and the slate starts up with three contests against the Yankees. John Lackey and Hiroki Kuroda will square off in the series opener Friday. The Red Sox took two of three from New York last weekend behind a major offensive power surge. The Yankees have been playing good baseball, though, and they’re very much in the thick of the AL wild card race. These weekend games are extremely important for the Bronx Bombers. The Red Sox went 5-2 on their recent seven-game road trip. It ended with a loss to the Rays on Thursday, but Boston can’t complain too much about the overall results. The Red Sox hold an 8 1/2-game lead over the Rays entering Friday’s action, and their magic number sits at eight. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Tune in on NESN, and keep it right here. Filed under: Boston Red Sox, Headlines
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