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Friday Red Sox Lineup: Jacoby Ellsbury Back In The Field

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BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 03: Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox makes a catch in center field against the Minnesota Twins during the game on August 3, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 03: Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox makes a catch in center field against the Minnesota Twins during the game on August 3, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Jacoby Ellsbury's "leg situation" won't keep him out of the outfield for another day, as Bobby Valentine has slotted him back into center field against Phil Hughes and the Yankees.

These Yankees, though, they don't look quite as scary as they used to. Oh, sure, they've got 70 wins and are probably going to run us off the field using some sort of miracle magic they always seem to dredge up no matter how the lineup may appear, but with Alex Rodriguez rehabbing a broken hand and Mark Teixeira dealing with a sore wrist, they've got Andruw Jones batting fourth. And even against a left-hander that's not exactly impressive this year.

As for the Sox themselves, it's pretty typical fare. Pedro Ciriaco loyalists will be happy to see that he's playing at third tonight rather than Danny Valencia or Nick Punto. Ryan Lavarnway loyalists will be unhappy to see that moving Jacoby Ellsbury back into the field has done no good other than to help Scott Podsednik stay in the lineup as Cody Ross fills in at DH.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX NEW YORK YANKEES
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Derek Jeter, DH
Carl Crawford, LF Nick Swisher, 1B
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Robinson Cano, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Andruw Jones, RF
Cody Ross, DH Casey McGehee, 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Curtis Granderson, CF
Mike Aviles, SS Russell Martin, C
Scott Podsednik, RF Jayson Nix, SS
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B Ichiro Suzuki, LF