July 22, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (28) hits a home-run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE
With every win critical at this point, the Red Sox will go all-out against Scott Feldman Monday night.
With the Sox having gotten in some scheduled days off over their last two games, they'll have the full nine ready to go tonight--accepting, of course, David Ortiz, still out with his heel injury.
For the purposes of tonight, this means Ryan Sweeney in right field and Mike Aviles at shortstop, with Pedro Ciriaco and Daniel Nava riding the pine. Nava's exclusion helps keep the defense in top form, with Cody Ross able to fill in at DH and Sweeney taking over in right field. Aviles playing rather than Ciriaco is a bit more questionable given the righty on the mound, but his ability to take advantage of hanging sinkers and put a charge into one might be behind the reasoning against the unusually fly ball/homer-prone Feldman.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TEXAS RANGERS|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Ian Kinsler, 2B|
|Carl Crawford, LF||Elvis Andrus, SS|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Josh Hamilton, LF|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Adrian Beltre, 3B|
|Cody Ross, DH||Michael Young, DH|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||Nelson Cruz, RF|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||Mike Napoli, C|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||Brandon Snyder, 1B|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Craig Gentry, CF|