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Saturday, May 8, 2010
Varitek OK, Martinez catching


BOSTON -- Even though Red Sox starter Josh Beckett hit two Yankee stars, Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter, and knocked down Francisco Cervelli, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he didn't expect the umpires to meet with the managers before Saturday's game to warn about possible retaliation.

"No,'' he said. "We took care of it. We hit 'Tek. Took it out of their hands. That's the ultimate respect.''

Catcher Jason Varitek has a large bruise on his left forearm after being crossed up by Beckett on a sixth-inning at-bat by Nick Swisher of the Yankees. Varitek was expecting a curveball, and was drilled by a 95 mile-an-hour fastball by Beckett.

"Completely my fault,'' Beckett said.

Francona is starting Victor Martinez behind the plate with Clay Buchholz, and with Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia
on the hill, but said Varitek should be available if needed.

"I think we're pretty fortunate that we dodged a bullet there,'' Francona said. "Watching it, even live, watching his reaction and watching the pitch, I thought that had a chance to -- 96 on the forearm, can't feel real good.

"Different getting hit like that than getting hit by a pitch when you're hitting. You're trying to get out of the way, as opposed to there's no give there.''

Notes:

-- Francona said that Mike Cameron could begin a rehab assignment as soon as Monday, pending another consultation with the team's medical staff Sunday.

Francona said that Cameron would report to Pawtucket for his rehab; the PawSox are home Monday night at 6:15 against the Gwinnett Braves.

The manager said he didn't expect Cameron would need many at-bats. What will be more telling, he said, is how Cameron responds to game action the day after.

-- Jacoby Ellsbury, who was given a day off on Friday, was scheduled to resume activity Saturday but still seems some time removed from a rehab assignment.

-- The tarp is on the field before the game. The Red Sox said their private weather service, Telvent DTN, called for the possibility of scattered thundershowers during the early afternoon. Relatively dry conditions are expected during the late afternoon and evening. The game is scheduled to be televised by FOX.

Here are the lineups:

Yankees:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Brett Gardner, CF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Nick Swisher, RF
6. Marcus Thames, DH
7. Randy Winn, LF
8. Francisco Cervelli, C
9. Ramiro Pena, 2B
SP: CC Sabathia, LHP

(Note on Yankees lineup: Manager Joe Girardi said it will be a game-time decision whether Cano is inserted in the starting lineup.

Red Sox:

1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Mike Lowell, DH
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Adrian Beltre, 3B
8. Bill Hall, LF
9. Darnell McDonald, CF
SP: Clay Buchholz, RHP