PHILADELPHIA -- His bruised left eye doused with a heavy dose of black and blue, right fielder J.D. Drew was out of the Red Sox's starting lineup for the third straight game Thursday. With a lefty pitching for the second time in this three-game series, it has been a little easier for manager Terry Francona to take the conservative approach with Drew, who suffered the injury fouling a ball off his eye Sunday during batting practice in Pittsburgh.
Not only did Drew return to the mix by coming off the bench for two at-bats in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Phillies, but he got thunderous boos when he stepped to the plate for both at-bats.
In Philadelphia, the fans will never forgive Drew not signing with the Phillies after they took him with the No. 1 pick in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft.
"It was probably a little bit crazier over at the Vet," said Drew. "Now they're selling out every game, so they have a nice chant going on out there."
There is so much venom in Philly regarding Drew that the fans even boo his brother Stephen when the D-backs come to town.
Even after 14 years, Drew doesn't think the grudge will ever end.
"I don't think that's ever going to happen," Drew said. "It is what it is. Hey, it will stay there. As long as I'm playing this game, they'll remember, that's for sure. I'm surprised they didn't boo Drew Sutton. He plays on the Red Sox with the name Drew. It seems like they would hammer him, too, but he came out pretty clean, I think."
While the boos seem to roll right off Drew's back, his more pressing matter is emerging from a near-season-long slump. Mike Cameron, the other part of Boston's right-field platoon, was designated for assignment before Thursday's game, making it all the more important that Drew starts hitting.
"I feel like I'm swinging the bat batter," said Drew. "[I] just have to get some hits, get a rhythm going and some confidence. You know, just like the first at-bat I had today, [I] went up there and hit a line drive right at somebody for an out. It feels good to hit the ball good. I think I found something that I'm going to stick with and keep it simplified."
Drew went 1-for-2 to raise his average to .234, with four homers and 18 RBIs. He is likely to return to the lineup on Friday night against the Astros.
"It's kind of looking good today, kind of like a natural eye black," said Drew of his bruise.
Sore left ankle keeps Youkilis out of lineup
PHILADELPHIA -- With position players Carl Crawford and Jed Lowrie already on the 15-day disabled list, the Red Sox will apparently avoid making it a trio, as X-rays on the left ankle of Kevin Youkilis came back negative shortly before Thursday's 5-2 win against the Phillies.
Youkilis was held out of the lineup for the series finale, a day after he fouled a ball off his left ankle. While he hopes to play Friday against the Astros, it's all based on what he can tolerate.
The injury diagnosis is a bruise.
"After I iced last night, it swelled up pretty good and I had a tough time sleeping -- it was throbbing," said Youkilis. "Just walking around was tough. Hopefully it's just a day, get some treatment and get it going for [Friday]."
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To replace him in the lineup, Drew Sutton was inserted at third base, and he went 2-for-4. But the more noteworthy move was Dustin Pedroia taking over in the cleanup spot.
Pedroia responded by belting a home run.
"I've got pretty good numbers. It's about time," quipped Pedroia of batting fourth for the first time since 2008.
Lifetime as a cleanup hitter, Pedroia is 14-for-25 with three homers and eight RBIs. And about those cleanup splits?
"Don't tell me, tell the manager," Pedroia said.
Manager Terry Francona was well aware that the homer would only make Pedroia more brash than usual.
"He's done it before," Francona said. "He may be small in stature, but not in his own opinion of himself."
Versatile Navarro takes Cameron's roster spot
PHILADELPHIA -- Infield prospect Yamaico Navarro, who spent 20 games with the Red Sox late last season, resurfaced on Thursday. Navarro was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take the roster spot of outfielder Mike Cameron, who was designated for assignment.
At a time when shortstop Jed Lowrie is on the 15-day disabled list, Navarro can help back up Marco Scutaro, as well as having the versatility to play second and third.
Navarro has recently been used in the outfield, where he could be of help to the Red Sox, given the team's overall lack of production in right field.
"Navarro has shown a pretty potent bat against lefties down in the Minor Leagues," said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "He's got a lot of bat speed and he's an aggressive hitter -- he hits the ball out of the ballpark. We've been moving him around this year, increased his versatility.
"We've exposed him a little bit in the corner outfield. [He has] limited experience out there, but has done a nice job so far in a few games out in right field. A couple days ago, he made four nice plays out there. In an ideal world, we'd have somebody more experienced, but he's a versatile guy and he can hit left-handed pitching."