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News and notes from Baltimore: Cameron back in the lineup

Mike Cameron said last night he was going to do everything he could to convince Terry Francona that he should play in this afternoon’s tilt. When he saw Francona this morning he told the manager he was good to go.

Cameron said he was also very proud that he would be part of an All-African-American outfield, which he is with Bill Hall in left and Darnell McDonald in right.

Asked how excited he is to be back, Cameron joked “To be a part of this first Afro-American outfield in Boston?… It’s exciting because I’ve been trying to get back all season since I first got hurt. The challenge has been to come in here every day and really work at it. Everytime there’s a storm it shall pass too.”

Preliminary research shows the last Sox all-Sox African-American outfield was in 2000 when Darren Lewis, Carl Everett and Troy O’Leary played together. Update:Missed one game in 2001 (April 20 when same threesome started in the outfield)

Cameron has been battling soreness in his lower abdomen, but on the opposite side he suffered the strain that sent him to the DL on April 20. He just hasn’t been able to stay healthy, starting five games since coming off the DL on May 25, but the affable outfielder is hoping it will be smooth sailing from here on out.

“The true test always comes around game time,” Cameron said. “If I’m gonna have any pain, game time is the last test. Try to man up and go out and see what it’s all about.”

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Cameron, who is 8-for-23 in his last seven games, wasn’t concerned about being reinjured indicating he’s been through a lot worse injuries such as breaking bones in his face. “When you get your brain rattled and your face broken. having a little strain isn’t a concern,” he said.

What he hopes to bring to the team?

“Just want to add a little bit of color, sexiness,” Cameron quipped. “The team is playing very well so I just want to get into some kind of continuity.”

Playing center, until at least Jacoby Ellsbury comes back, Cameron was asked about catching a break and playing center rather than left so he won’t collide with Adrian Beltre.

“I’ll never run into him. The ball with either drop, or I’ll punch him,” said the playful outfielder.

Cameron said he’s not going to get caught up whether he’ll play center full time when Jacoby Ellsbury returns. Terry Francona has said that Cameron will likely move to left and yesterday reiterated that Cameron will not be a fulltime player given his physical issues.

With lefty Brian Matusz going, the Sox have packed the lineup with righthanded hitters. David Ortiz is the only lefthanded hitter in the lineup. Third baseman Adrian Beltre, who got the day off, is back in there batting sixth. Victor Martinez will catch John Lackey.

Francona indicated Jeremy Hermida was probably available for today’s games after suffering soreness in his ribs and a forearm contusion after his collision with Beltre Friday night.

Boof Bonser will likely be activated tomorrow and the Sox will have to make a move. Either Josh Reddick goes back to Pawtucket or Joe Nelson, who had a bad outing last night, could be in jeopardy.

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Sox lineup:
Scutaro-6
Pedroia-4
Ortiz-DH
Youkilis-3
Martinez-2
Beltre-5
Hall-7
Cameron-8
McDonald-9
Lackey-SP

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