BOSTON Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar will return to the lineup for tonight's game against the first-place Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Escobar, who missed the first three games of this road trip with a strained right hamstring, worked out on the field with bench coach Davey Martinez and head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield before he was pronounced fit to play.
Right fielder Wil Myers will miss his second straight game with a sore left wrist. Myers said the wrist felt "100 percent" while swinging in the batting cage this afternoon and called manager Joe Maddon's decision to rest him another day "a precaution."
The Rays begin the night 1 1/2 games behind the Red Sox. The Rays have won 17 of their last 19 games, which represents the best 19-game stretch in the major leagues since the Twins won 18 of 19 in 2006.
The Rays are 3-9 this season against Boston, including 1-5 at Fenway Park.
Here are the Monday lineups:
RAYS Jennings CF Zobrist 2B Longoria 3B Loney 1B Scott DH Johnson LF Joyce RF Lobaton C Escobar SS -- Moore LHP (13-3, 3.44)
RED SOX Ellsbury CF Victorino RF Pedroia 2B Ortiz DH Napoli 1B Gomes LF Lavarnway C Snyder 3B Iglesias SS -- Workman RHP (0-0, 5.40)