Wednesday May 22, 2013 | 05:39 PM

Former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek arrived today in his capacity as a special assistant to the general manager, working out with the Sea Dogs, and observing. He will take in games today and Thursday morning (11 a.m. special).

Today's game will start on time (6 p.m.), but rain could be on the way.

Kolbrin Vitek is in left field, the first time he's ever played the outfield. Vitek, who has played third base and also been the DH for Portland, has been practicing the past week as an outfielder. The move not only frees up Almanzar to play third fulltime, but may also eventually make room for third baseman Garrin Cecchini, who is excelling in advanced Class A Salem.

Here are the Sox and Dogs lineups for tonight.

Shannon Wilkerson CF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Tony Thomas DH
Michael Almanzar DH
Travis Shaw 1B
Christian Vazquez C
Kolbrin Vitek LF
Heiker Meneses 2B
Matty Johnson RF
(Matt Barnes P)

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

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