Alfonso Soriano was a late scratch from the Yankees' lineup with a sprained right thumb the team announced Saturday.
Soriano was batting cleanup in manager Joe Girardi's original batting order against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester. The change was announced shortly before the scheduled first pitch.
Soriano went 1-for-4 in the Yankees' 8-4 loss to the Red Sox on Friday evening. Since joining the Yankees in a July 26 trade from the Cubs Soriano leads the Majors with 15 homers and 47 RBIs over that span.
Vernon Wells replaced Soriano in left field with Ichiro Suzuki who was slated to begin the day on the bench replacing Wells in right field.