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Foulke ready for comeback

Sox reliever will be activated tomorrow

Red Sox reliever Keith Foulke went in to manager Terry Francona’s office with pitching coach Dave Wallace at 4:30 p.m. today, presumably to discuss Foulke’s activation tomorrow and his role with the pitching staff upon being activated. During Francona’s meeting with the media earlier, the manager said he wouldn’t address the Foulke situation until he met with him first.

When asked to rate his command, Foulke said “1 to 10… probably a 6.” And when asked if he accomplished what he wanted to during his rehab (in 3 2/3 innings at Single-A Lowell, he gave up eight hits and four runs), Foulke replied “probably not,” but said he was pleased with his changeup, which he used to get two of his three strikeouts last night. He said he wasn’t happy with his fastball, which was clocked at 87 mph.

  • Tony Graffanino was initially penciled in the lineup playing second base and batting fifth but was taken out in favor of Alex Cora. Francona said “Graffanino’s hamstring is a little bit tender; it’s soft out there and it’ll be soft tonight” with the rain that is expected at Fenway.

  • Outfielder Adam Stern left a game with the Triple-A PawSox last night complaining of shoulder stiffness after making a throw from right field to third base. Francona said Stern planned to meet with the Red Sox medical personnel here. Stern is on a rehab stint with Pawtucket.

  • As expected, third baseman Kevin Youkilis was recalled from Pawtucket and relief pitcher Manny Delcarmen was sent back down.

  • Tonight’s lineup:

    1. Johnny Damon CF

    2. Edgar Renteria SS

    3. David Ortiz DH

    4. Manny Ramirez LF

    5. Kevin Millar 1B

    6. Doug Mirabelli C

    7. Bill Mueller 3B

    8. Gabe Kapler RF

    9. Alex Cora 2B

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