Red Sox vs. Tigers lineups: After an awful night, John Farrell mixes it up

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

John Farrell is mixing up Boston's lineup one night after Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit bullpen held the Red Sox to just one hit.

The Red Sox are trying out a new-look lineup against Max Scherzer and the Tigers after being one-hit in Game 1.

Boston Red Sox (0-1)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Shane Victorino, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Mike Carp, 1B
  6. Jonny Gomes, LF
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Stephen Drew, SS
  9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

Starting Pitcher -- Clay Buchholz

Detroit Tigers (1-0)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Alex Avila, C
  8. Omar Infante, 2B
  9. Don Kelly, LF

Starting Pitcher -- Max Scherzer

With the righty on the mound, John Farrell turns to Mike Carp in favor of the slumping Mike Napoli, brings Jarrod Saltalamacchia back into his starting role, and takes out Daniel Nava for...Jonny Gomes?

Woah now.

Nava, who picked up Boston's only hit last night and reached base twice, is of course Boston's usual starter vs. RHP. Gomes takes the lefties. It's hard to say what exactly has inspired this change from Farrell--hopefully it's got little to do with the 20-odd plate appearances against Scherzer between the two of them--but it certainly goes against conventional wisdom.

The big change for the Tigers, meanwhile, is Don Kelly in left field and Jhonny Peralta at short, removing Jose Iglesias from the starting lineup. Peralta isn't exactly a slouch with the glove himself, though, so in many this is kind of a horizontal move from Detroit.

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