Manny Ramirez is out of Boston’s lineup when the visiting Red Sox face Kyle Kendrick (6-2, 4.54) and the Phillies in the rubber match of their three-game set. Rookie Justin Masterson (3-1, 2.90) goes for Boston.
Lineups have been posted: Geoff Jenkins, Greg Dobbs and Carlos Ruiz earn starts against the right-hander. Unless Chris Coste is hurt, Ruiz’s insertion in the starting lineup, after the night game in which he went 0-for-3, says a lot about the importance of his non-offensive contributions in the eyes of manager Charlie Manuel. Meanwhile, Kendrick is coming off one of his best starts of the season and hopes to receive the same bountiful run support he’s been given this entire season. A win today, and a good outing by Kendrick, would be a telling indication of where they stand. [Live Boxscore]