Red Sox vs. Rays Lineups: Mike Napoli Makes His Return from Illness

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox send out their typical lineup for the first game of today's double header, headlined by Mike Napoli's return after missing a few games with an illness.

With the Red Sox having just lost three out of four to the Orioles over the weekend, they return home to play a double-header against the Rays today.

In game one, we have Mike Napoli's return to the lineup after suffering through a mysterious illness for most of the series in Baltimore. With that and Dustin Pedroia's return from his first day off on Sunday, Boston's lineup is mostly straight-forward today. Jose Iglesias got the short end of the stick in the infield's rotation today, but one would imagine he'll be pencilled in for tonight's game.

Boston Red Sox (42-29)

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

Starting Pitcher -- Alfredo Aceves

Tampa Bay Rays (36-33)

  1. Matt Joyce, LF
  2. Desmond Jennings, CF
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Wil Myers, RF
  7. Luke Scott, DH
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Yunel Escobar, SS

Starting Pitcher -- Chris Archer

Boston is sending out Aceves to start the first game today, and he's been solid in his last couple of spot-starts. The Red Sox are going to need him to continue that trend to get them back on track this afternoon. He'll be facing a solid lineup from the Rays, which most notably will include Wil Myers. The rookie outfielder and top prospect is making his MLB debut today after being traded to Tampa Bay in the offseason as the centerpiece in the package Kansas City sent over for James Shields.

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