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Lester on Saturday?

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  June 4, 2006 11:22 AM

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Terry Francona wouldn't announce his pitching plans for next weekend, when the Sox need an extra pitcher for the day-night double-header against Texas, but there are strong indications that highly touted lefty Jon Lester will make his big league debut Saturday at the Fens. Lester was to have pitched yesterday for Pawtucket, but was scratched both yesterday and today and is scheduled to go Monday in Indianapolis.

How long will Lester stay? That could depend on a couple of things, most notably the progress David Wells makes coming back from his severely bruised knee. Francona said yesterday that Wells is not yet able to throw, making it increasingly improbable he'll come off the DL on the weekend.

Mike Lowell (hammy) and Mark Loretta (toe) were each given today off. Kevin Youkilis is playing third and batting in the 2-hole, JT Snow is playing first and batting seventh, and Alex Cora is hitting ninth.

Today's lineups:

Red Sox
1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Trot Nixon, RF
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. J.T. Snow, 1B
8. Alex Gonzalez, SS
9. Alex Cora, 2B

Tigers
1. Curtis Granderson, CF
2. Marcus Thames, DH
3. Ivan Rodriguez, 1B
4. Magglio Ordonez, RF
5. Carlos Guillen, SS
6. Craig Monroe, LF
7. Brandon Inge, 3B
8. Ramon Santiago, 2B
9. Vance Wilson, C

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