BOSTON, MA: Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 celebrates his two run homer with teammate Daniel Nava #66 of the Boston Red Sox in the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Daniel Nava are back in the starting lineup Wednesday night as the Sox go for two-in-a-row.
It's been a long while since we've seen Daniel Nava in the starting lineup. Aside from a short one-game return in August, he's been nursing a wrist injury since July, only making his return to the plate in a pinch-hitting role these last couple of days.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, of course, has not been gone nearly so long--only since the seventh, when his back acted up in the middle of a game against the Blue Jays. On the one hand, it's good to get Ryan Lavarnway time. On the other hand, it's painful to watch Lavarnway at the plate right now, and Salty gives the Sox their best chance to beat the Yankees, which is about all we have left right now.
Otherwise it's infield defense first as the Sox hope that Aaron Cook can be the groundball specialist Aaron Cook instead of the awful, awful Aaron Cook who gives up homers and line drives like nobody's business.
|BOSTON RED SOX||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Derek Jeter, SS|
|Pedro Ciriaco, 3B||Curtis Granderson, CF|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Alex Rodriguez, DH|
|James Loney, 1B||Robinson Cano, 2B|
|Cody Ross, RF||Nick Swisher, 1B|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||Raul Ibanez, LF|
|Daniel Nava, LF||Eric Chavez, 3B|
|Scott Podsednik, DH||Ichiro Suzuki, RF|
|Jose Iglesias, SS||Chris Stewart, C|