Red Sox activate Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie from DL

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Boston’s lengthy list of injuries will get a little shorter tonight, as the Red Sox welcome both Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie back from the disabled list.
After missing nearly a month with a strained hamstring Buchholz will start against the A’s despite an underwhelming rehab outing at Triple-A last week. He was 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 15 starts before the injury to make his first All-Star team.
Lowrie hasn’t played for the Red Sox yet this season and hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2008, yet manager Terry Francona has him in the starting lineup tonight against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Lowrie will start at shortstop, giving Marco Scutaro his first break since June 15.
Lowrie went 11-for-30 (.367) with a homer and four doubles in 10 rehab games split between Single-A and Triple-A, likely speeding up his initial return timetable by hitting so well. He’s highly unlikely to supplant Scutaro as the Red Sox’s everyday shortstop, but even claiming a utility man role would be a victory for Lowrie after two injury wrecked years.

World Series Umpires Announced

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Major League Baseball just announced the umpires for the World Series.

The crew chief will be Gerry Davis. Davis was worked 136 career Postseason games, which are the most of any umpire in Major League Baseball history. This is his sixth World Series overall and third time as crew chief.

Joining Davis will be Phil Cuzzi, Laz Diaz, Dan Iassogna, Bill Miller, Paul Nauert and Mark Wegner. Wegner will serve as the replay official for Games One and Two, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Cuzzi will be the Replay Official from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. Cuzzi will not be a field umpire for any of the games.

The breakdown: