The Sox intended to go with a mostly righthanded hitting lineup today, but moments ago Mike Cameron was scratched from the lineup with an abdominal strain. That moved Bill Hall to center from left where he was originally scheduled to play. Jeremy Hermida is now in left field.
Mike Lowell will DH in place of the struggling David Ortiz, but more because he’s a righthanded hitter. Jacoby Ellsbury was taking BP but is not due to play again until this weekend while recovering from bruised ribs.
Terry Francona said that Ellsbury showed up the park this morning feeling stiff, but that he was trying to hit and “we see how the next hour goes” but Francona hoped the BP session would lead to Ellsbury playing tomorrow against the Rays at Fenway.
Francona has been keeping in constant contact with old friend Brad Mills, whose Astros have struggled mightily since the start of the season. Francona said he was in contact with Mills up to a half-hour before the Astros’ game last night.
“Feels like we’re playing double-headers,” said Francona, referring to the fact he feels for Mills. Otherwise he said he thinks Mills is “doing OK.”
Francona said that it wouldn’t far-fetched to have Dustin Pedroia hitting in the middle of the order and that “he wouldn’t skip a beat. His extra base hits would into RBI.” Francona said, however, he likes the spark and energy that Pedroia brings to the top of the order, though he acknowledged that the former MVP doesn’t like hitting lead-off.
The revamped lineup:
Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield.
Pitching: LHP Francisco Liriano.