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ALCS, Game 3: Red Sox-Tigers lineups

Oct 15, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

John Farrell, Jim Leyland AP

Lineups for this afternoon’s Game 3 in Detroit …

Tigers:
CF Austin Jackson
RF Torii Hunter
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Victor Martinez
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Alex Avila
2B Omar Infante
LF Andy Dirks

SP Justin Verlander

Tigers manager Jim Leyland is sticking with Jhonny Peralta at shortstop, but has made a change in left field by starting Andy Dirks instead of Don Kelly.

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

SP John Lackey

Red Sox manager John Farrell has made some changes, moving Mike Napoli back into the lineup at first base after going with Mike Carp in Game 2 and flipping Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the batting order. Switch-hitter Daniel Nava remains on the bench against a right-hander, which didn’t happen often during the regular season when he hit .322 with an .894 OPS off them.

  1. jeffchadwick - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Free Andy Dirks!

  2. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Why is Nava on the bench again??? *drinks*

    • Joe - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      My fear is that Gomes is playing because he’s got more experience. Which heaven help us is Farrell is thinking that way.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Lucky you can drink at work!

  3. jbriggs81 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    So is Lackey gonna throw at Peralta today because he doesn’t like that Peralta took steroids? You just know that the “gripes’ that the red sox had with Peralta (in gammons article), involved Lackey. Just like when he was crying about Arod earlier this season.
    Over/Under at 2 – on how many pitches it takes Lackey to hit Peralta. Dumpster took 3 I believe LOL

    • gerryb323 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      You can’t set the O/U at a whole number on this! Lackey’s been much better than Dempster all year. I’d say 2 pitches is just about right.

      What about Verlander hitting Victorino?

      • jbriggs81 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        I don’t think Verlander is dumb enough to bother hitting Victorino. Solely for the reason that he doesn’t want to hear the entire team crying about how unfair things are against them

    • gerryb323 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Edit: What about Victorino not getting out of the way of a Verlander pitch?

  4. jcmeyer10 - Oct 15, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEE. I was at Game 3 of the ALCS in 2004. After the 7th inning in Game 2, I had less hope for this squad then I did after that game.

    Ortiz brought the team back from the dead. If momentum is real, this is where it will show up.

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