Lineups and Game Notes: David Ortiz Back in the Sox’ Lineup on Friday

David Ortiz is back in the lineup on Friday and spending the first seven innings of Thursday’s game on the bench. Charles Krupa/AP

After their 4-2 loss to the A’s on Thursday, the Red Sox hope to even up their four-game set in Oakland. David Ortiz is back in the starting lineup after getting most of the day off yesterday (he pinch hit for Jackie Bradley Jr. in the 8th), but the rest remains mostly the same. Here are the full lineups for tonight’s matchup that is scheduled to start at 10:05 p.m.:

RED SOX (34-39)
1. Brock Holt (RF)
2. Xander Bogaerts (3B)
3. Dustin Pedroia (2B)
4. David Ortiz (DH)
5. Mike Napoli (1B)
6. A.J. Pierzynski (C)
7. Jonny Gomes (LF)
8. Stephen Drew (SS)
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (CF)
SP: Felix Doubront (LHP) (2-4, 5.12 ERA)


1. Craig Gentry (CF)
2. Jed Lowrie (SS)
3. Yoenis Cespedes (LF)
4. Josh Donaldson (3B)
5. Derek Norris (C)
6. Brandon Moss (RF)
7. Kyle Blanks (1B)
8. Alberto Callaspo (DH)
9. Nick Punto (2B)
SP: Brad Mills (LHP) (First Start of 2014)

Game time: 10:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, 93.7 WEEI

Notes: Boston hurlers have allowed 3 ER or less in a season-long 8 straight games dating back to 6/12 (1.58 ERA, 13 ER/74.0 IP)…That’s the longest such streak among AL teams this year and the Sox’ longest since 11 straight games allowing 3 ER or less from 8/19-31/13, the club’s best 3 ER or less streak in the last 25 years (1989-2014)…Sox have received a season-high 8 straight quality starts in this stretch, 1 shy of the club’s longest QS streak of 2013 (9 G, 8/21-31)…Boston starters have posted a 1.80 ERA (11 ER/55.0 IP) in the 8 contests…Club relievers have allowed 2 ER in these last 8 games (0.95 ERA) with 26 strikeouts in 19.0 IP…Tomorrow marks the 1-year anniversary of Koji Uehara being named the Red Sox’ closer on 6/21/13 after injuries to Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey…Since 6/21/13, Uehara has 42 saves in 44 chances in the regular and post season (95.5%)…In those 44 save opportunities he has allowed only 2 ER (0.39 ERA) with a 65 SO/3 BB ratio over 46.1 IP…Uehara has converted all 15 save chances this season and each of his last 31 in the regular season beginning on 7/9/13…It marks the longest active streak in MLB and the 2nd-longest in Red Sox history behind Tom Gordon’s AL-record 54 straight from 4/19/98-5/31/99.

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