The Red Sox are taking some early batting here at Tropicana Field, and Daisuke Matsuzaka is throwing his much-awaited side session in the leftfield bullpen. Pitching coach John Farrell stood in the righthanded batter’s box for a good portion of the session. We’ll have an update on how the Dice Man did later on.

As for the guys who will be playing tonight’s game, Julio Lugo is on the bench tonight with Nick Green having reclaimed the shortstop position for a day. And with Tim Wakefield on the mound, Jason Varitek gets a day off. Also, note old friend Gabe Kapler is in the Rays’ lineup for tonight.


Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Mike Lowell, 3B
8. George Kottaras, C
9. Nick Green, SS
— Tim Wakefield, SP

1. B.J. Upton, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Pat Burrell, DH
6. Ben Zobrist, SS
7. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
8. Gabe Kapler, RF
9. Dioner Navarro, C
— Jeff Niemann, SP

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