Lineups from LaLa Land
First, we'll skip ahead for a second. Postseason stud Josh Beckett is ready to pitch Sunday's Game 3, so says Red Sox Manager Terry Francona. The pitcher, who has been nursing a strained oblique, feels good after his long bullpen session on Thursday.
Now, back to today. The most obvious omission is Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, who played Game 1 despite his painful hip injury. But the move isn't all too surprising and Francona even went so far as to hint at sitting Lowell.
"It's actually a very difficult decision for me and you've got a guy that's the ultimate gamer, [who] will go out there every day," he said of Lowell.
But Francona said he wants Lowell's bat in the lineup for Game 3, when the Angels intend to pitch the left-hander Joe Saunders, so the rest would help that happen. But for tonight, Lowell would be available to pinch-hit in situations that won't force him to run.
Boston Red Sox
Ellsbury - CF (fantastic Game 1 performance included two stolen bases)
Pedroia - 2B
Ortiz - DH
Youkilis - 3B (moved from first base, not an advantage for the Red Sox)
Drew - RF (if this weren't the playoffs, he'd be getting at-bats at rehab)
Bay - LF (game 1 hero, with a two-run homer and a double)
Kotsay - 1B (making just his fifth start at first base this year)
Varitek - C
Cora - SS (out goes Jed Lowrie, whose error led to an unearned run in Game 1)
Matsuzaka - P (Dice-K will allow baserunners. But can the Angels capitalize?)
Los Angeles Angels
Figgins - 3B
Anderson - LF
Teixeira - 1B (free agent to be went 2-for-4 in playoff debut)
Guerrero - DH (baserunning blunder wrecked possible rally in eighth)
Hunter - CF (drove in the only run in a 4-1 Game 1 loss)
Rivera - RF (replaces Matthews, who lost a ball in the lights on Wednesday)
Kendrick - 2B
Mathis - C (in for Napoli, who went 0-4 with three strikeouts in Game 1)
Aybar - SS
Santana - P (arguably the most dominant member of the rotation this season)
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