Jun 16, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (64) hits an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
Pedroia's absence is no real surprise after the second baseman aggravated his thumb injury in last night's game. Even if yesterday didn't set him back any, the Sox aren't the sort of team to put him out there again the day after he was pulled from a game.
Will Middlebrooks was also pulled from the game yesterday, but that was just to get Adrian Gonzalez in from the outfield, which seems to be the case today as well. Gonzalez will take over at first, pushing Kevin Youkilis to third while Cody Ross, Ryan Kalish, and Daniel Nava--getting his first start since his hand injury--man the outfield positions.
|BOSTON RED SOX||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Daniel Nava, LF||Jose Reyes, SS|
|Ryan Kalish, CF||Hanley Ramirez, 3B|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Giancarlo Stanton, RF|
|David Ortiz, DH||Logan Morrison, LF|
|Cody Ross, RF||Justin Ruggiano, CF|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||Omar Infante, 2B|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||Austin Kearns, DH|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Gaby Sanchez, 1B|
|Nick Punto, 2B||John Buck, C|