Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineups: Pedro Ciriaco starts at short

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Pedro Ciriaco is in the lineup for an injured Jose Iglesias Saturday afternoon as the Red Sox look for a second series win to start the season.

To nobody's great surprise, Jose Iglesias will be out of the lineup Saturday afternoon after taking a nasty pitch to the elbow during Friday's 6-4 win. Instead, it will be Pedro Ciriaco manning the position, batting ninth.

The good news is that, while Ciriaco is a far cry from being Iglesias with the glove, up against a southpaw as the Red Sox are today, he has the chance to contribute with the bat. Hopefully that will be true for the whole Red Sox lineup. They managed a ridiculous number of baserunners in last night's game, and profile as being more dangerous to a left-handed pitcher like J.A. Happ.

Boston Red Sox (3-1)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Shane Victorino, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B
  5. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  6. Jonny Gomes, DH
  7. David Ross, C
  8. Jackie Bradley Jr., LF
  9. Pedro Ciriaco, SS

Starting Pitcher -- John Lackey

Toronto Blue Jays (1-3)

  1. Jose Reyes, SS
  2. Rajai Davis, RF
  3. Melky Cabrera, LF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
  5. Adam Lind, DH
  6. J.P. Arencibia, C
  7. Mark DeRosa, 3B
  8. Colby Rasmus, CF
  9. Emilio Bonifacio, 2B

Starting Pitcher -- J.A. Happ

Of course, with John Lackey on the mound, the Red Sox are likely to need all the offense they can get. Even the most optimistic Red Sox fans are really just hoping for a fringe-average performance from Lackey this year. It's been a long, long time since we've seen him on the mound in a game that counts, but it wouldn't be surprising if, after today, it proves to not have been long enough.

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