The Red Sox will go for a second straight win and a series victory over the New York Yankees Wednesday night as they send Aaron Cook to the mound against David Phelps. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, ESPN, and WEEI.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia will make his return to the Red Sox lineup, making his first appearance since September 7. The catcher has been out with back spasms, leaving Ryan Lavarnway to flail helplessly flail at the wind ever since. Daniel Nava will also make a rare start. Struggling with a wrist injury, Nava has only returned to the plate in the last couple of games, and then as a pinch-hitter. He hasn't been a consistent starter since early July, when his numbers first started to decline.
Otherwise, the Sox will focus on infield defense for the ground ball specialist in Cook. That means Jose Iglesias at short, Pedro Ciriaco at third, and James Loney at first.
Boston Red Sox (64-78)
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