Ortiz dropped to sixth

The Red Sox have dropped David Ortiz to sixth in the batting order, with J.D. Drew moving up to the struggling Ortiz’s familiar third spot.

When asked by my Globe colleague Amalie Benjamin if he was going to talk to the media before the game, Ortiz replied, “After I go deep tonight.”

Also, Mike Lowell is out of the lineup tonight, with Kevin Youkilis moving across the diamond to third base.

Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. J.D. Drew, RF
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. David Ortiz, DH
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Jeff Bailey, 1B
9. Julio Lugo, SS
— Jon Lester, LHP


1. Denard Span, CF
2. Joe Mauer, C
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Brian Buscher, 3B
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Matt Tolbert, 2B
9. Nick Punto, SS
— Nick Blackburn, RHP

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