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ALDS Game 2: Rays-Red Sox lineups

Oct 5, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

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Rays and Red Sox lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS, at Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET …

Rays:
LF David DeJesus
RF Wil Myers
1B James Loney
3B Evan Longoria
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Desmond Jennings
DH Delmon Young
SS Yunel Escobar
C Jose Molina

SP David Price

Joe Maddon’s lineup is similar to what we speculated this morning, as David DeJesus is playing left field and batting leadoff while Sean Rodriguez is on the bench. Meanwhile, Jose Molina is starting behind the plate over Jose Lobaton with Price on the mound. Everybody else is the same as Game 1, though Evan Longoria is the only one who is in the same spot in the lineup. It looks like Delmon Young has taken over as the regular DH, at least for now.

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

SP John Lackey

As expected, Ross is catching Lackey rather than Jarrod Saltalamacchia. It makes sense with another left-hander going for the Rays. And while we’re talking about a small sample, Ross has homered in each game he has started against Price in each of the last two seasons. Red Sox manager John Farrell cited Ross’ rapport with Lackey when talking to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald today, though he has only caught him twice this year. While Will Middlebrooks batted ninth in Game 1, he’ll hit seventh today. Otherwise, everything is the same as yesterday.

  1. theskinsman - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I’m hoping the Sox can get to Price early,as he usually settles down and is very difficult after the 1st inning.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      I’m hoping that Price isn’t at 100% strength after his complete game from earlier this week, but that’s probably a pipe dream…he’s a stud pitcher.

      Huge game for the Sox…if they can pull this one out, they’re in the driver’s seat.

      • tfbuckfutter - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        It is kind of funny that game 163 actually ended up helping the Rays since they can pitch Price on full rest, rather than having to burn him in the Wild Card playoff.

      • theskinsman - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        This was better than i could’ve hoped for! The Sox kept the best pitcher in the league on the ropes all game long. A few breaks here and there,and maybe,just maybe a sweep is brewing here! Go Boston!!

  2. prosourcetalk - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Go Sox!

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