Roster Set, Lace ‘Em Up…

Red Sox Finialize ALDS Roster

There are always some surprises when it comes to teams finalized playoff rosters. This proved true on Thursday, as the Boston Red Sox announced that Rocco Baldelli will be left off the playoff roster in favor of Brian Anderson.  

Now Baldelli has been suffering from a strained hip flexor, so Terry Francona probably wanted to guarantee that his bench is healthy enough to contribute, if need be, in the ALDS.  The other surprise went to the final pitching spot which Paul Byrd received instead of Manny Delcarmen.  Byrd will serve as an emergency starter or long-relief man and has replaced Delcarmen in the bullpen, who has struggled mightily in the last two months of the season.   

Other notable roster members are Joey Gathright (in place of George Kottaras) as the speedster will fill the same type of role that Dave Roberts did in 2004.  Daisuke Matsuzaka is also on the roster, in the same capacity of Byrd, but is believed to be the next starter behind Clay Buchholz but may not be used in that capacity in a five-game series.

Red Sox starting lineup for tonights game…

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Victor Martinez, C
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Jason Bay, LH
Mike Lowell, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Alex Gonzalez, SS

-Jon Lester P

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