Monday Red Sox Lineup: Ciriaco At Short, Saltalamacchia DH

Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Pedro Ciriaco (77) during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

With David Ortiz still out, there's no obvious solution on the roster to DH, but with Boston owning two catchers who can mash, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will do for tonight. That puts Kelly Shoppach behind the plate, despite the right-hander on the mound, but these are the things you do when dealing with injuries, especially in a game where Ryan Sweeney is already in the lineup.

That being said, Shoppach might be here -- and catching -- because he's being showcased for a potential deal, as Boston could just as easily have Cody Ross in the lineup somewhere, even with the righty on the mound.

Clay Buchholz will take on a Tigers' lineup that's setup in one of its more optimal forms, as Delmon Young won't don a glove, and the recently acquired Omar Infante is lining up at the keystone. If Buchholz and Scherzer pitch as well as they have of late, though, it might not matter who is hitting for either side.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX DETROIT TIGERS
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Austin Jackson - CF
Carl Crawford - LF Quintin Berry - LF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Miguel Cabrera - 3B
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B Prince Fielder - 1B
Will Middlebrooks - 3B Delmon Young - DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - DH Brennan Boesch - RF
Ryan Sweeney - RF Jhonny Peralta - SS
Kelly Shoppach - C Alex Avila - C
Pedro Ciriaco - SS Omar Infante - 2B

Mike Aviles also gets the night off against a tough righty, and while normally you might miss the impressive glove work he's done at short, Pedro Ciriaco is no slouch with the glove. If Buchholz has one of his ground ball-centric evenings on the mound, he'll likely be thankful for not seeing a downgrade behind him in the field.

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