Ellsbury back in No. 1 spot

Jacoby Ellsbury will bat in the leadoff spot tonight for just the third time since May 30, while J.D. Drew, who struggled atop the order, will bat sixth in the lineup against Texas righthander Kevin Millwood.

Ellsbury has batted .288 with a .320 on-base percentage in 49 starts leading off this season. Drew had batted .190 with a .299 OBP in 14 games in the top spot.

Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Mike Lowell, 3B
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Jed Lowrie, SS
— John Smoltz RHP

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