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Game Seven pregame

BOSTON -- It's quiet for now here at sunny Fenway Park four hours before Game Seven of the ALCS between the Red Sox and Indians. MLB officials have just announced the Indians pitcher Paul Byrd and GM Mark Shapiro will speak the media regarding this morning's HGH bombshell sometime in the 6 p.m. hour.

Sox manager Terry Francona said Tim Wakefield won't pitch in relief tonight because it's become too difficult for the 41-year-old knuckleballer to warm up quickly in light of his recent back troubles. So that means Jon Lester will be the long man out of the pen if Daisuke Matsuzaka has early trouble.

"Dice-K is taking this kind of personally," Francona said. "I think he wants to go out and do something to help the cause."

The only change in either team's lineup is that the Indians have reinserted Franklin Gutierrez in right field over Trot Nixon. The Sox are keeping Jacoby Ellsbury in center for Coco Crisp

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Cleveland                                       Boston

Grady Sizemore, cf                      Dustin Pedroia, 2b

Asdrubal Cabrera, 2b                 Kevin Youkilis, 1b

Travis Hafner, dh                        David Ortiz, dh

Victor Martinez, c                         Manny Ramirez, lf

Ryan Garko, 1b                           Mike Lowell, 3b

Jhonny Peralta, ss                     J.D. Drew, rf

Kenny Lofton, lf                          Jason Varitek, c

Franklin Gutierrez, rf                  Jacoby Ellsbury, cf

Casey Blake, 3b                          Julio Lugo, ss

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Jake Westbrook, p                     Daisuke Matsuzaka, p

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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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