Coco to bat 8th

There’s a new leading man for tonight.

Coco Crisp was pushed back to eighth in the batting order as Kevin Youkilis will return to the leadoff spot.

“It’s hard to ignore Youk’s onbase percentage,” manager Terry Francona said. “I think Coco, his feet are jumping around on him, is trying a little too hard.”

Francona said he still considered Crisp a leadoff hitter and didn’t know how long he would keep it this way.

Tonight’s lineups:

Red Sox
1. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
2. Mark Loretta, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Trot Nixon, RF
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Mike Lowell, 3B
8. Coco Crisp, CF
9. Alex Gonzalez, SS
Matt Clement — P

1. Luis Castillo, 2B
2. Nick Punto, 3B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Torii Hunter, CF
7. Jason Kubel, LF
8. Rondell White, DH
9. Jason Bartlett, SS
Brad Radke — P


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