The lineups

ATLANTA – Terry Francona had a chat with Mike Lowell about his sore thumb and decided he would rest him again tonight. With the off-day tomorrow, Lowell should be ready to go Friday in San Diego.

Francona said it crossed his mind to keep Alex Cora in the lineup at shortstop but in the end he said, “the best way for us to win is Lugo has to get hot. It’s so easy to look at the little picture. But I have to look at the big picture.”

Here’s the lineup:

RF J.D. Drew
2B Dustin Pedroia
1B David Ortiz
LF Manny Ramirez
3B Kevin Youkilis
C Jason Varitek
CF Coco Crisp
SS Julo Lugo
P Julian Tavarez

2B Kelly Johnson
CF Willie Harris
SS Edgar Renteria
3B Chipper Jones
C Brian McCann
RF Jeff Francouer
LF Matt Diaz
1B Scott Thorman
SP Buddy Carlyle


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