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Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  May 9, 2009 01:58 PM

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The Red Sox are without Kevin Youkilis for the fifth straight game, which would suggest a trip to the disabled might be imminent. Not so, Terry Francona said. The Red Sox are confident Youkilis will rest tomorrow and Monday, a day off, and be able to begin playing again Tuesday in Anaheim.

J.D. Drew is also out today, and not only because lefthanded Scott Kazmir is on the mound. Drew has some sore legs, and the quadriceps ailment that sidelined him last week has been "barking at him," Francona said. Drew's legs have been bothering him for a bit, but the recent lack of depth forced the Red Sox to keep him until today. "We had kind of had that planned all along," Francona said. "Just trying to use common sense. Certainly like having good hitters in the lineup, but once you make a mistake, you can't go back."

In Youkilis's absence, the Red Sox have also dealt with a slew of other nagging injuries. On one night, they had a two-man bench of Julio Lugo and George Kottaras. Francoan rarely makes pinch hit and pinch run moves, so that wasn't an issue.

"It makes you a little hesitant or nervous," Francona said. "If something happens during a game, and all of a sudden you're putting someone where they don't belong, that gives you a little bit of anxiety."

It helped Francona to know Nick Green was available. Green can play all three outfield spots and every infield spot, including first base. (Without Youkilis out, Green is Jeff Bailey's backup.) And if there was a shortage of outfielders, Francona said the emergency choice would be Javier Lopez, who played outfield in college at Virginia.

As for who is playing:

Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Jason Bay, LF
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. Rocco Baldelli, RF
7. Jeff Bailey, 1B
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Julio Lugo, SS

Rays
1. B.J. Upton, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Pat Burrell, DH
6. Jason Bartlett, SS
7. Gabe Kapler, RF
8. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
9. Dioner Navarro, C

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