LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: First baseman James Loney #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammates after the game with the Miami Marlins on August 24, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Loney is reported to be part of a possible multi player trade with the Boston Red Sox, and did not play in the game. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Short-lived may it be!
|BOSTON RED SOX||KANSAS CITY ROYALS|
|Pedro Ciriaco, 3B||Lorenzo Cain, CF|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Alcides Escobar, SS|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Alex Gordon, LF|
|Cody Ross, RF||Billy Butler, DH|
|James Loney, 1B||Salvador Perez, C|
|Ryan Lavarnway, C||Jeff Francoeur, RF|
|Mauro Gomez, DH||Johnny Giavotella, 2B|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Eric Hosmer, 1B|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||Tony Abreu, 3B|
I actually like quite a lot about this lineup. Mauro Gomez gets a much deserved repeat appearance in the lineup after his excellent performance in last night's game, and Ryan Lavarnway gets a day behind the plate. It's about all you can hope for from a lineup at this point in the season.
No, there's no Iglesias, and I know a lot of people want to see him get some swings in, but even as well as he's played in August I'm not entirely convinced that he's at the point where Major League pitching will really teach him so much as unnerve him.
The most interesting part of the game will be looking for improvement from a well-rested Felix Doubront. Here's hoping!