TORONTO – The roof is closed and it’s expected to remain closed for this afternoon’s game.
Julio Lugo will lead off today. No particular reason except to change things up. Terry Francona said that Lugo really enjoys leading off and hopes this can get him going.
Sean Casey gets the start at first base to give Kevin Youkilis a day off. This will happen from time to time because the Sox don’t want Youkilis getting overly tired.
Coco Crisp gets the nod in center field. Francona wants to make sure everyone is playing and would like to keep both Crisp and Ellsbury sharp.
Mike Timlin was throwing this morning. He’s still on schedule to throw in a game in Pawtucket on Monday and Wednesday.
Here are the lineups: