5/29/12 Red Sox Lineup: No Dustin Pedroia

BOSTON, MA - MAY 27: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox reacts when he disagreed with an call by umpire Mark Carlson on a play at second base against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park May 27, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

For those looking to panic, I have good news! Dustin Pedroia will be absent from the Red Sox' lineup tonight as they take on Justin Verlander and the Tiger.

So there's that.

As we all know, Pedroia jammed his thumb making an impressive play in last night's 7-4 win. Since then, we've been stuck waiting anxiously for any news. And while there are rumblings that it's nothing serious, and that Pedroia is only resting it for today, it's certainly not as good a sign as having him batting second.

Of course, with Dustin Pedroia out, we are treated to an always special Nick Punto appearance. Joy, joy, joy. With Adrian Gonzalez hanging around first rather than right, and Will Middlebrooks riding the bench, it's not exactly the sort of lineup you need against the likes of Justin Verlander.

Then again, maybe it's exactly the time to take the lineup hit, since scoring off of him is as least as much luck as it is skill.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX DETROIT TIGERS
Daniel Nava, LF Quintin Berry, CF
Ryan Sweeney, CF Andy Dirks, LF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 3B
David Ortiz, DH Prince Fielder, 1B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B Brennan Boesch, DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Jhonny Peralta, SS
Mike Aviles, SS Alex Avila, C
Scott Podsednik, CF Ramon Santiago, 2B
Nick Punto, 2B Don Kelly, RF
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