Monday Red Sox Lineup: Ortiz Out Again, Ellsbury Batting Third

More Mauro Gomez isn't a bad thing.(Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE)

David Ortiz could be placed on the disabled list today, as his Achilles just isn't healing in the way it needs to. Because of that, Boston's lineup is looking that same weird way we're going to have to get used to, now that Adrian Gonzalez is out a Dodger.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Scott Podsednik - LF Jarrod Dyson - CF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Alcides Escobar - SS
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Alex Gordon - LF
Cody Ross - RF Billy Butler - DH
James Loney - 1B Salvador Perez - C
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C Mike Moustakas - 3B
Mauro Gomez - DH Lorenzo Cain - RF
Mike Aviles - SS Eric Hosmer - 1B
Pedro Ciriaco - 3B Johnny Giovotella - 2B

I can't quite say I understand why James Loney is hitting fifth, but it makes sense in a way: if Boston is trying to figure out if he can hit while in the AL and at Fenway, putting him in a position to get more trips to the plate -- and some meaningful ones -- isn't a bad idea. More chances to see him succeed or fail can help determine whether or not he gets a contract offer to bridge to a better first baseman in the future.

The only other notable thing here is that once again, there's no Jose Iglesias in the lineup. Maybe with the fly ball-oriented Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound today, Aviles made more sense given his bat.

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