Saturday Red Sox Lineup: Brent Lillibridge Plays First

You want me to do WHAT with this thing? Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Brent Lillibridge is playing first.

This is a thing that is happening.

Brent Lillibridge with his line of .162/.213/.176 is playing the single most offense-heavy position shy of the designated hitter for the 2012 Red Sox.

The absence of Adrian Gonzalez is the result of back spasms now, not the illness that caused his early departure before the All-Star Break. The aim is to keep this as a day-to-day injury rather than a disabled list trip, but is this actually the best the team can do? I'd rather have Punto playing first! Or keep Mauro Gomez around and kick Lillibridge to the curb. Versatility is only so useful when you're about as likely to get on base as Josh Beckett.

At least he's not batting cleanup, I suppose.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX TAMPA BAY RAYS
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Elliot Johnson, SS
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B Carlos Pena, 1B
David Ortiz, DH Ben Zobrist, RF
Cody Ross, RF BJ Upton, CF
Will Middlebrooks, 3B Luke Scott, DH
Mike Aviles, SS Jeff Keppinger, 3B
Kelly Shoppach, C Desmond Jennings, LF
Brent Lillibridge, 1B Jose Molina, C
Daniel Nava, LF Sean Rodriguez, 2B

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