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Ellsbury will miss fourth straight game

BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game Tuesday as Boston opened a three-game series with the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park.

Ellsbury has been hampered by a groin injury suffered during Thursday’s win in Philadelphia, during which he recorded a team-record five stolen bases. Daniel Nava will bat leadoff for the fourth straight time in Ellsbury’s absence.

Ellsbury was 11-for-23 with five extra-base hits and seven steals in five games before the injury. The Sox had hoped that sitting him during the three-game weekend series in New York, as well as a day off Monday, would allow for a return to the lineup against Rangers right-hander Justin Grimm. Instead, Jackie Bradley Jr. will make his fourth straight start in center field.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia is playing his 907th career game at the position, which moves him ahead of Marty Barrett and into third place on the all-time franchise list.

Here is the Red Sox lineup against Grimm:

1. Daniel Nava, RF

2. Mike Carp, LF

3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

4. David Ortiz, DH

5. Mike Napoli, 1B

6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

7. Stephen Drew, SS

8. Jose Iglesias, 3B

9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF