NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28: Will Middlebrooks #64 of the Boston Red Sox connects for a two RBI double in the top of the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 28, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
But wait, there are some unique changes to this right-handed lineup!
First off, Carl Crawford remains in the two-hole. After being pushed down in the order against southpaws for the last few weeks, Crawford's run of strong hitting has earned his a reprieve even against tough lefty Matt Hairrson.
Then there's the shortstop selection. Mike Aviles has been almost guaranteed starts against left-handed pitchers for the season-to-date. Today, however, it will be the oddly exciting Pedro Ciriaco getting the nod, batting ninth behind Ryan Lavarnway (DH) and Kelly Shoppach (C).
Meanwhile, for the second straight day, the Red Sox will be spared the Wrath of Napoli. The baseball gods are good to us this time 'round, at least in that regard.
Best of all, though, is that Will Middlebrooks is batting sixth, with no Punto in sight.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TEXAS RANGERS|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Ian Kinsler, 2B|
|Carl Crawford, LF||Elvis Andrus, SS|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Josh Hamilton, CF|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Adrian Beltre, 3B|
|Cody Ross, RF||Nelson Cruz, RF|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||Michael Young, DH|
|Ryan Lavarnway, DH||David Murphy, LF|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||Geovany Soto, C|
|Pedro Ciriaco, SS||Mitch Moreland, 1B|