David Ortiz, Shane Victorino back in Red Sox lineup for series finale

PHILADELPHIA -- With a nod to the 1915 World Series, in which the Boston Red Sox beat a Philadelphia Phillies team managed by Pat Moran of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the teams meet Thursday night in the rubber game of their three-game set. They will be wearing throwback caps to commemorate the occasion.

Justin Masterson, a member of the Sox draft class of 2006 (second round, 71st overall), will make his first start for the Sox since May 17, 2009. He gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Seattle Mariners and was not involved in that decision, a 3-2 loss. The 6-foot-6 Masterson was pitching out of the bullpen for the Sox when he was traded to the Cleveland Indians in a deadline deal that brought Victor Martinez to Boston.

(Coincidental footnote: Nick Hagadone, the former No. 1 draft pick who also went to the Indians in that deal, gave up the home run Thursday to Jed Lowrie that ended Cleveland's no-hit bid with one out in the ninth inning.)

Red Sox manager John Farrell is using the same position players he used in Monday's opener, with David Ortiz playing first base and Shane Victorino back in right field. The only wrinkle, which Farrell introduced Wednesday, is having Ryan Hanigan hitting ahead of shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who singled home a run in Wednesday's 4-2 loss.

Farrell announced a change in pitching plans. After watching him throw a bullpen here Wednesday, Farrell is slotting Joe Kelly into Saturday's start against the New York Yankees instead of knuckleballer Steven Wright. The Sox will have to make a roster move to make room for Kelly, who is eligible to come off the DL Saturday. That presumably will be Wright.

Closer Koji Uehara, threw a 20-pitch simulated game Thursday for Class-A Greenville, is scheduled to pitch in a game for the Drive on Saturday, and Farrell is not ruling out that Uehara will be back in time for Monday's home opener against the Washington Nationals if all goes well.

New backup catcher Sandy Leon, acquired from Washington after Christian Vazquez was lost for the season, will make his first start Friday night against the Yankees, Farrell said.

  • After striking out in four of his first six at-bats for the Red Sox, new third baseman Pablo Sandoval had two singles and drew a bases-loaded walk.

    "It was exciting, but we lost," Sandoval. "It would have been better to win."

    Sandoval was charged with a three-base throwing error that led to a run in the Phillies' 4-2 win Wednesday, his throw skipping past first base while Ben Revere sped around the bases. Revere scored on a sacrifice fly by Chase Utley.

    Sandoval said he had no grip on the ball after he gloved it off the wet grass.

    "Oh yeah, it was wet," he said. "As soon as I threw it, I went, my bad. Should have made that play."

Here are the lineups:


Mookie Betts, CF

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

David Ortiz, 1B

Hanley Ramirez, LF

Pablo Sandoval, 3B

Shane Victorino, RF

Ryan Hanigan, C

Xander Bogaerts, SS

Justin Masterson, RHP


Ben Revere, CF

Carlos Ruiz, C

Chase Utley, 2B

Ryan Howard, 1B

Darin Ruf, LF

Cody Asche, 3B

Jeff Francoeur, RF

Freddy Galvis, SS

David Buchanan, RHP