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Yeah, so that's not a very encouraging headline.
The good news is that Mauro Gomez at DH is certainly prefferable to Mauro Gomez anywhere in the field, and he gets to have his first start come against a left-handed pitcher fresh from not just the minor leagues, but basically Double-A, having only managed 12 innings against Triple-A competition so far this year.
Of course, those of you who have been watching this team consistently enough for the last year-and-a-half won't exactly be encouraged by the words "rookie southpaw." If ever there has been a type of pitcher who inexplicably confounds the Sox it's the guy making his major league debut throwing left-handed junk.
No, seriously, why is Kelly Shoppach still hitting at the bottom of the lineup? A small sample size is a small sample size, but he's got a pretty solid sample against lefties in his career, and Mauro Gomez is Mauro Gomez.
|BOSTON RED SOX||CHICAGO WHITE SOX|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Alejandro De Aza, CF|
|Carl Crawford, LF||Kevin Youkilis, 3B|
|Cody Ross, RF||Adam Dunn, DH|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Paul Konerko, 1B|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||Alex Rios, RF|
|Mauro Gomez, DH||A.J. Pierzynski, C|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Dayan Viciedo, LF|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||Alexei Ramirez, SS|
|Pedro Ciriaco, 2B||Gordon Beckham, 2B|