Tuesday April 19, 2011 | 08:10 AM

Jacoby Ellsbury is leading Boston in home runs (4). Just as unlikely, Jed Lowrie off to a .516 batting average and nine RBI. Lowrie is shown at left, in his Sea Dogs days four years ago.

For now, Red Sox manager cannot take Jed Lowrie out of the lineup, which means Marco Scutaro must sit. Scutaro reaction? "It's all about winning," he told Alex Speier of WEEI.com.

Down on the farm Monday, some players continued making fine impressions.

PAWTUCKET: Yamaico Navarro (.357) went 2-for-4; Josh Reddick (.311) was 2-for-5 with his second HR; Lars Anderson (.289) was 3-for-3. Tony Thomas, the infielder acquired from the Cubs for pitcher Robert Coello, is hitting .375 with 3 home runs ... Michael Bowden (1.93) recorded his second save.

PORTLAND: Tim Federowicz (.361) was 3-for-5 ... While starter Michael Lee struggled (3 IP, 5 R), reliever Eammon Portice (1.93) pitched 3 scoreless innings (2 H, 4 K).

SALEM: Dan Butler (.320) went 3-for-4 with his second HR; Jeremy Hazelbaker (.280) was 3-for-5 with his third HR. Reynaldo Rodriguez (.345) was 2-for-5 with his first HR. Rodriguez, 25, was a minor league free agent last year after coming up in the Yankees system.

GREENVILLE: Bryce Brentz (.388) was 2-for-4; Brandon Jacobs (.333) tripled.

Late tonight, John Lackey (15.58 ERA) hopes to find inspiration from Daisuke Matsuzaka's turnaround, and re-discover some success.

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