Lineups, etc.

Facing lefthander Bruce Chen, Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the leadoff spot and Rocco Baldelli is in rightfield for J.D. Drew.

Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Rocco Baldelli, RF
8. Nick Green, SS
9. Aaron Bates, 1B
— Josh Beckett, SP

Royals
1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Mitch Maier, CF
3. Billy Butler, 1B
4. Mark Teahan, 3B
5. Jose Guillen, LF
6. Brayan Pena, DH
7. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
8. John Buck, C
9. Tony Pena Jr., SS
— Bruce Chen, SP

And now the daily Mike Lowell and Jed Lowrie updates, starting with Lowell. He is still progressing well, and Francona called his activation Friday “very likely.” Francona said the “worst-case scenario” is that Lowell will activated Saturday.

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Lowrie went 3 for 5 with Pawtucket last night, taking all his swings lefthanded. “He swung the bat great,” Francona said. “Kind of what we saw this spring. He’s feeling pretty good about himself, attacking the ball. That’s great news.” Lowrie will play one more game with Pawtucket, and tomorrow he will play at Lowell because of the All-Star break.

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