Extra Bases


Terry Francona wrote his lineup card today with one guiding notion. “We were dragging last night,” he said. “I was dragging last night. We all were. Trying to find ways to play guys where it can help us win.”

So, with that in mind, he inserted Jed Lowrie at short to make his first start since Aug. 6, which also came at Yankee Stadium.

“That’s why I’m here,” Lowrie said. “I’m here to play. I know I can play. I guess I’m just worried about helping this team win.”

Francona had considered giving Jason Bay a night off last night, so today he definitely wanted to, and Brian Anderson gets the start in left.


And then, behind the plate, Victor Martinez will catch Daisuke Matsuzaka for the first time. The decision pointed to Jason Varitek’s lessening role, opening up the possibility that Martinez will catch Matsuzaka in the playoffs.

“I want to try to cover everything,” Francona said. “I just want to have everybody try to catch everybody.”

Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. David Ortiz, DH
7. Rocco Baldelli, RF
8. Jed Lowrie, SS
9. Brian Anderson, LF
— Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Nick Swisher, RF
9. Melky Cabrera, CF
— CC Sabathia, SP


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