One of the hallmarks of the Red Sox 13-3 victory tonight was their resiliency, pounding out 13 and 13 hits despite missing four regular starters. With the Tampa Bay Rays coming into Fenway Park for a three-game series, the Red Sox will likely creep back to full strength Friday.
Manager Terry Francona said Kevin Youkilis will sit out again, because messing an injury to the oblique area is never good. That means Jeff Bailey, who delivered a double and an RBI single, will start again.
David Ortiz’s sudden stiff neck shouldn’t keep him out again, Francona said, but he couldn’t say for sure that Ortiz will play. Expect Jacoby Ellsbury to reutrn as well; Ellsbury hasn’t played since hurting his right hamstring while diving for a ball Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
And those Rays? They’ve won three in a row and six of their last eight after a dramatic, 8-6 victory over the Yankees on Thursday night that pushed them percentage points ahead of New York in the AL East standings.