Red Sox vs. Jays lineups: A less-than-ideal situation

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The Sox will have Jonathan Diaz at third and Felix Doubront on the mound on a night where the bullpen is taxed. This is...not perfect.

If the Red Sox hadn't taken games one and two, having Jonathan Diaz starting at third base tonight would be...concerning, to say the least.

Boston Red Sox (49-33)

  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. Jose Iglesias, SS
  9. Jonathan Diaz, 3B

Starting Pitcher -- Felix Doubront

Toronto Blue Jays (39-40)

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

Starting Pitcher -- Esmil Rogers

The good news is that the Red Sox did win games one and two, and so, as much as every game counts the same, and any loss is bad, taking this hit to their chances tonight certainly doesn't put their backs against the wall.

Still, it's a game where the Sox could use all hands on deck. While Felix Doubront has been quite good of late, he's still not the guy to ask to eat a lot of innings. And with Koji having pitched three days straight and the pen down one man, it seems like the Sox could use some innings from their starter tonight.

So here's hoping for big things from the offense. Esmil Rogers has kept runs off the board, but he's hardly been dominant, and the last time the Sox faced him they got to him for six runs in less than three innings.

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