Sunday April 28, 2013 | 11:35 AM

BOSTON — Greetings from Fenway Park where John Lackey is slated to pitch his second major league game this season, against the stumbling Houston Astros (see the lineup below).

Lackey is coming back from a biceps strain. He made one rehab appearance, in Portland last Monday. Lackey is likely to go about five innings today, depending on the game. The Red Sox are going to be cautious, obviously.

Right fielder Shane Victorino remains out of the lineup with back trouble. Manager John Farrell would like Victorino back for the next series, starting Tuesday at Toronto, but is not sure the Blue Jays’ artificial surface is the best place to for Victorino to play. A DL stint remains a possibility.

Two pitchers still on the DL, Joel Hanrahan and Craig Breslow, are both scheduled to pitch an inning for Pawtucket today.

Breslow also pitched an inning on Saturday for Pawtucket (1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) … Allen Webster got the start for the PawSox. Five strikeouts, but e did not appear sharp: 4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 5 K.

Pitching was the story for Portland Saturday night. Anthony Ranaudo continues his impressive comeback from 2012, pitching six shutout innings: 2 H, 0 BB, 9 K.

Today's column looks at the former Sea Dogs playing for the A's, plus notes.

I’ll be tweeting from Fenway today: @ClearTheBases

Now here’s the Sox lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Daniel Nava RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Mike Carp LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Stephen Drew SS
(John Lackey  P)

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