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ALDS, Game 1: Rays-Red Sox lineups

Oct 4, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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Rays and Red Sox lineups for Game 1 of the ALDS, at Fenway Park …

CF Desmond Jennings
2B Ben Zobrist
RF Wil Myers
3B Evan Longoria
DH Delmon Young
LF Sean Rodriguez
SS Yunel Escobar
1B James Loney
C Jose Lobaton

SP Matt Moore

Rays manager Joe Maddon has made some changes compared to his Wild Card game lineup because the Red Sox are starting left-hander Jon Lester, moving Desmond Jennings back into the leadoff spot, dropping James Loney down in the order, and using Sean Rodriguez in left field instead of David DeJesus. Jose Lobaton also gets the start behind the plate in place of Jose Molina. Oh, and Delmon “Mr. October” Young gets another start at designated hitter, moving up to the fifth spot behind Evan Longoria.

Red Sox:
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
RF Shane Victorino
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz
1B Mike Napoli
LF Jonny Gomes
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
SS Stephen Drew
3B Will Middlebrooks

SP Jon Lester

Red Sox manager John Farrell is going with a pretty typical late-season lineup, with Jonny Gomes starting over Daniel Nava against Rays left-hander Matt Moore.

  1. pinkfloydprism - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Go Red Sox… win this series so the curse of the fenway scoreboard tweet can exist!

  2. hitmanhall44 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Don’t insult Reggie Jackson by giving Delmon “the wife beater” Young his nickname.

  3. ironyisadeadscene - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    I thought Nava was a switch hitter

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      According to Rotoworld, you are correct. Maybe his splits are much better from the left side … or they were just trying to fit the narative.

    • gerryb323 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      Yeah, he’s a switch hitter, but:

      vs RHP as LHB .322/.411/.484
      vs LHP as RHB .252/.311/.336

      So, slightly better against righties…

    • gerryb323 - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Why can’t commenters have an edit function like the authors do?

  4. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    To my knowledge, this series has yet to receive a preview from this site, the only one. Just sayin’

    • anotheryx - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Well, they only played about what… close to 20 games this season? Not a ton of breaking news there.

      • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        How many times did the Cardinals and Pirates play each other already this year. Pretty sure it was the same amount, being divisional foes and all. Yeesh.

  5. aceshigh11 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    The Red Sox season is about to come to an end very quickly.

    • pinkfloydprism - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Not really.

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