Red Sox vs. Royals lineups: Sox turn to subs for game two

Jason Miller

The Red Sox will have to rely on their bench for some production in the second half of their day-night doubleheader against the Royals.

The bad news is that the Red Sox will predictably be without some of their starters for game two. The really bad news is that David Ortiz is one of the players missing out, which isn't terribly surprising given that he's just back from injury.

The good news is that, outside of Ortiz, the players being replaced and their inability to produce offensively contributed to Boston's loss in the day half of the day-night doubleheader. Stephen Drew and Jonny Gomes will both ride the bench in favor of Pedro Ciriaco and Mike Carp, the latter getting his first start of the season.

Boston Red Sox (12-5)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Daniel Nava, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B
  5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH
  6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  7. Mike Carp, LF
  8. David Ross, C
  9. Pedro Ciriaco

Starting Pitcher -- Allen Webster

Kansas City Royals (9-7)

  1. Alex Gordon, LF
  2. Alcides Escobar, SS
  3. Billy Butler, DH
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  5. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  8. George Kottaras, C
  9. Elliot Johnson, 2B

Starting Pitcher -- Jeremy Guthrie

Even with some swapping out, though, that lineup doesn't inspire confidence after the last nine innings. Will Middlebrooks and Jarrod Saltalamacchia are big parts of the problem right now, and without Victorino and Ortiz, the lineup can start to look awfully short.

The lineup, though, is almost secondary tonight. Win or lose, all eyes are going to be on Allen Webster, making his major league debut. Admittedly, any performance he has here is just one outing, but he's one of the guys expected to be a big part of this team for years to come. And today is day one.

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