Saturday July 23, 2011 | 06:23 AM

Barring injury or a slump by Josh Reddick, it appears the J.D. Drew era in right field is over for the Boston Red Sox.

Drew, in the last of his five-year, $70-million contract with Boston, is batting .219 with four home runs. Reddick, who went 1-for-4 Saturday, is batting .372 in 30 games.

Reddick has started the last two games and manager Terry Francona admitted that it is because Reddick playing right field gives the Red Sox the best chance to win.

The Red Sox face the Mariners again tonight, with two Texans going at it - Josh Beckett (8-3, 2.12) vs. Blake Beavan (1-1, 2.70). Beavan, 22, is a 6-foot-7 rookie who has done well since his recent call-up.

In the minors, guess who is still hot for Pawtucket?

Ryan Lavarnway: 2-for-4, double, home run. In 35 games, Lavarnway is batting .381 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI (1.219 OPS).

In the Pawtucket game, Michael Bowden (2.85) picked up his 11th save (1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 3 K).

Stephen Fife (3.88) deserved better than a no decision after 6 IP on Friday (4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 5 K) ... Chih-Hsien Chiang (.333) was 2-for-4.

The Lowell roster has a few recent draft picks on it. Reliever Matty Ott from Louisiana State, a 13th-round pick, has a 0.79 ERA in five outings (11 1/3 IP) He went 2 1/3 IP on Friday: 1 H, 3 K.


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