Pedroia headed to Boston

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has left the team in order to be with his pregnant wife, Kelli, in Boston. He’s not in the lineup, and we’ll have more details later.

Without Pedroia, here’s the lineup the Sox will put out there. It’s notable that J.D. Drew is in the lineup. Manager Terry Francona had planned to give Drew today off against Toronto’s scheduled starter Ricky Romero, a tough lefthander, to protect Drew’s sore groin for one more day.

Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. J.D. Drew, RF
3. Victor Martinez, 1B
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5.Jason Bay, LF
6. Mike Lowell, DH
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Nick Green, 2B
9. Alex Gonzalez, SS
— Josh Beckett, SP

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