Pregame notes: Cameron in for Ellsbury

April, 10, 2011
BOSTON -- It’s the rubber game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees tonight at Fenway Park.

It’s been a busy day here with the Red Sox and pitcher Clay Buchholz agreeing to a four-year extension worth $30.5 million, plus two option years in 2016 and 2017. Colleague Gordon Edes will have all the details on the signing from general manager Theo Epstein and Buchholz.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he’s thrilled for Buchholz and the club.

“It’s exciting, not only for the organization, but for Buck,” Francona said. “It’s nice to see, especially kids who have come through the organization and you’ve seen him through a lot of thick and thin. He was a young kid and we were getting after him about his arm strength, and all of a sudden he’s a wealthy young man. It’s exciting.”

As far as the game is concerned, Francona decided to start Mike Cameron in center field. The veteran outfielder is 8-for-16 in his career against Yankees starter CC Sabathia, while Jacoby Ellsbury is 1-for-13.

“I wanted to get Cam in there,” Francona said. “Ells hadn’t had a lot of success, and one through nine against a guy like Sabathia, you’re not going to have nine guys have their way with him because he’s one of the better pitchers in the game. I wanted to get Cam’s bat in there.”

The other change to the lineup is Jason Varitek, who will serve as Josh Beckett’s batterymate.

Varitek hasn’t had a lot of success against Sabathia (3-for-20), but Francona likes the switch-hitting catcher batting from the right side against the power lefty.

“I thought it was a good night to play him,” Francona said.

Fellow Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is 2-for-7 against Sabathia.

UPDATE: Alex Rodriguez was a late scratch for the Yankees as he was suffering from flu-like symptoms. Eric Chavez will play third and bat eighth, with Robinson Cano sliding up to the clean-up spot.

The lineups:

1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Nick Swisher, RF
6. Jorge Posada, DH
7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Eric Chavez, 3B
9. Russell Martin, C

LHP: CC Sabathia

1. Carl Crawford, LF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Mike Cameron, CF
7. J.D. Drew, RF
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Marco Scutaro, SS

RHP: Josh Beckett

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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