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Red Sox lineup: Adrian Gonzalez in RF, Kevin Youkilis at 1B, Will Middlebrooks at 3B

May 22, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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With six outfielders on the disabled list and Kevin Youkilis coming off the shelf the Red Sox have gotten creative for tonight’s game against the Orioles, shifting Adrian Gonzalez to right field so Youkilis can play first base and Will Middlebrooks can remain at third base.

Gonzalez, Youkilis, and Middlebrooks are batting 4-5-6 in Boston’s lineup versus left-hander Brian Matusz.

Gonzalez is a three-time Gold Glove winner at first base, but he’s previously started five games in right field and the Red Sox are more comfortable using him out there than a banged-up Youkilis. Middlebrooks is hitting .297 with five homers, six doubles, and a .906 OPS in 18 games overall and Boston’s lineup can’t afford to lose another capable bat by sending him back to Triple-A.

  1. hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    The red sox are a mess and share last place with the yankees

    What a wonderful May were having

  2. bigmikemdz - May 22, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Will Willbrooks? I like it.

    • marshmallowsnake - May 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Proof reading goes a long, long way.

      • ptfu - May 22, 2012 at 5:11 PM

        So does proofreading.

      • marshmallowsnake - May 22, 2012 at 5:39 PM


      • wlschneider09 - May 22, 2012 at 8:29 PM

        What, so it’s only funny when you do it?

  3. neelyisgod - May 22, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Papi needs to play 1st and let Youk ease back in. Plus Papi needs 3 more starts at 1st base to be eligible there for my fantasy team

    • sabatimus - May 22, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      No way in hell. Besides, he’ll get his 3 more starts during the next interleague session.

  4. hushbrother - May 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Good on Gonzalez. Some players of his caliber would kvetch about moving off their position. I just hope he doesn’t suck too bad out there.

    • teaspoon1731 - May 22, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      played most of two games out there this weekend and was find. mind you, fenway’s a different story, but he’ll be fine.

    • patsandsox - May 22, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      I just hope a gold glove first baseman doesnt get hurt playing out of postion so they audition Youk for a trade to a team that needs a first / third baseman

      The best case would be if Will could play SS.

      • teaspoon1731 - May 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

        but if he plays SS, you take Aviles out of the game. more importantly, you take a red hot bat out of the game.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - May 22, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        He looked damn good in right this weekend, making a very nice catch against the wall.

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