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Escobar returns against BoSox, Myers sits again

Posted Jul 22, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Jul 22, 2013 at 05:05 PM

By ROGER MOONEY
BOSTON Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar will return to the lineup for tonight’s game against the first-place Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Escobar, who missed the first three games of this road trip with a strained right hamstring, worked out on the field with bench coach Davey Martinez and head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield before he was pronounced fit to play.

Right fielder Wil Myers will miss his second straight game with a sore left wrist. Myers said the wrist felt “100 percent” while swinging in the batting cage this afternoon and called manager Joe Maddon’s decision to rest him another day “a precaution.”

The Rays begin the night 1 ½ games behind the Red Sox. The Rays have won 17 of their last 19 games, which represents the best 19-game stretch in the major leagues since the Twins won 18 of 19 in 2006.

The Rays are 3-9 this season against the Red Sox, including 1-5 at Fenway Park.

Here are the lineups:

RAYS
Jennings CF
Zobrist 2B
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Scott DH
Johnson LF
Joyce RF
Lobaton C
Escobar SS

Moore LHP (13-3, 3.44)

RED SOX
Ellsbury CF
Victorino RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Napoli 1B
Gomes LF
Lavarnway C
Snyder 3B
Iglesias SS

Workman RHP (0-0, 5.40)

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