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Terry Francona shakes up lineup for today’s game against Yankees

Sep 24, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

Terry Francona AP

This won’t be some magic elixir for the troubled Red Sox pitching staff, but Terry Francona has put together a new-look lineup for this afternoon’s game against the Yankees.

Here’s the lineup card, courtesy of the Boston Globe‘s Peter Abraham:

Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B
Aviles 3B
Scutaro SS
Reddick RF
Saltalamacchia C

As for Crawford, this is his seventh start out of the No. 2 spot this season and his first since August 13. Meanwhile, Gonzalez hasn’t hit fifth since Opening Day.

While the Red Sox are just 5-16 in September, it hasn’t been on account of their offense. They enter play this afternoon averaging 5.81 runs per game this month.

  1. crispybasil - Sep 24, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Their runs per game has been skewed by a few games where they’ve scored in double digits (4 – 1). I heard that in the rest of their games, the offense has been worse than Seattle’s.

    • bigleagues - Sep 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      Huh? You mean in September? In the rest of who’s games?

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 24, 2011 at 4:44 PM

        Boston played 6 games against Toronto this month. Their 2 wins were double digit blow ours. They lost the 4 close games.

      • hittfamily - Sep 24, 2011 at 5:19 PM

        His comment wasn’t very legible, but it is correct. They scored 18 against Baltomore 1 game, but 3 combined in their other 2. They score less than three for 3 games strait, then put up double digits to keep their runs per game up.

  2. bigleagues - Sep 24, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    So LLRLL at the top of the order . . .

    Smart move with the young RIGHTHANDER on the mound.

    Crawford hit .279 with a .791 OPS in August and is hitting .302 with a .835 OPS in September. Since August 1st CC has 14 Doubles and 5 HR – which basically matches his output over the first 4 months.

    Ellsbury/Crawford/Pedroia makes the top of the lineup far more dangerous with their ability to hit for average and power, while forcing Pitchers to challenge them because any one of them can steal if they get on.

    Putting AGon behind Ortiz will be the interesting feature to watch closely. I think Francona is working with the theory that Ortiz will see a few more grooved fastballs with Gonzalez protecting him and if need be, AGon can bail them out if Papi can’t.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 24, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    “As for Crawford, this is his seventh start out of the No. 2 spot this season and his first since August 13. Meanwhile, Gonzalez hasn’t hit fifth since Opening Day.”

    So he’s going to break the slump by hitting the same lineup that looked pathetic on Opening Day? Interesting strategy…

  4. pisano - Sep 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Christ, give the guy some credit for trying to be creative. The line-up since Sept. hasn’t been winning so try a change.I’m not a Boston fan, but I hate to see a good manager take an ass whipping and be the fall guy here. Remember this is the same guy that won two championships and HE isn’t slipping and He can’t pitch and hit for these guys. It always comes down to pitching and when your pitching isn’t that good this is what happens. Don’t blame Tito, I’ll bet there’s plenty of teams that would love to have him as a manager.

    • hittfamily - Sep 24, 2011 at 6:18 PM

      Teams that would love to have him:

      Saint Paul Saints
      Durham Bulls
      Richmond Braves
      Team that has Jose Caseco as head coach
      Bad News Bears

      • awriterorsomething - Sep 24, 2011 at 11:33 PM

        The Richmond Braves moved out of Richmond 3 years ago but I am sure the Richmond Flying Squirls would like to have him……

  5. jimbo1949 - Sep 24, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Freddi’s dealin’ and Lester’s reelin’. No help from the offense or defense.

  6. proudlycanadian - Sep 24, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    The shakeup isn’t working so far. The Sox are only trailing by 8 to 0 but still have time to mount a comeback.

  7. urteamsux52 - Sep 24, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    8 to 0 way to go keep same line up all weekend that locker room clubhouse right now cant win sad you all have spent millions and you cant find a way to win with a week left so you make the playoffs be the first out waste of a playoff spot

  8. hittfamily - Sep 24, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Ha ha. Tim McCarver

    “I think when this season comes to a close, Carl (Craford), will look at the tapes and see, with his batting stance, he can’t reach the outer part of the plate”.

    Literally 2 seconds later, Crawford laces a pitch over the outer part of the plate for a double to left-center.

    “That ball was over the heart of the plate, and he hit it the other way”

    No it wasnt McJackass.

  9. damnyankee13 - Sep 24, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Yoiwsa , I am a Yankee fan, and whatever bug hit yall puzzles me. Injuries are an excuse. Look where we are with our makeshaft pitchingstaff.I dont believe its Francona as a lot of boston fans claim as he is the ONLY manager in the lasst 100 years to not only get you into the WS but to actually WIN 2.Yall whupped our butts in the 04 playoffs.I have no answer for yalls year this year.But, I do look forward to next year as our games are usually tense great games, win/lose.

  10. drewmunny - Sep 24, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Worked out pretty well for them too. 9-1. Bad offense is bad offense. Yes, I mean Crawford.

  11. nymets05 - Sep 24, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Greatest collapse since the 2007 Mets;actually even worse.

  12. deathmonkey41 - Sep 25, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Big Papi just needs to double up on the milkshakes.

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