Red Sox vs. Mariners lineups: Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli out against Ramirez

Otto Greule Jr

The Red Sox will be without Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli Thursday night as they go for a series win in Seattle.

A west coast game without the sleep deprivation? What madness is this?

Boston Red Sox (56-37)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Daniel Nava, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Jonny Gomes, LF
  6. Mike Carp, 1B
  7. Ryan Lavarnway, C
  8. Brock Holt, 3B
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Starting Pitcher -- Ryan Dempster

Seattle Mariners (40-51)

  1. Brad Miller, 2B
  2. Endy Chavez, RF
  3. Raul Ibanez, LF
  4. Kendrys Morales, DH
  5. Kyle Seager, 3B
  6. Justin Smoak, 1B
  7. Mike Zunino, C
  8. Michael Saunders, CF
  9. Brendan Ryan, SS

Starting Pitcher -- Erasmo Ramirez

The obvious absences are Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli. It's no surprise to see Victorino miss this game given the way he was running last night--he's clearly toughing out an injury that could really use the All-Star Break to heal. As for Mike Napoli, I'm sure objections will be relatively few so long as the magical Mike Carp is the one playing in his place.

After these last few games, a calm 6-2 win would be nice. But so far Seattle hasn't been home to much in the way of "calm", and while Ryan Dempster is the perfect type of pitcher to keep a game under control, Jeremy Bonderman is very much not. At least the potential for insanity is skewed in the right direction as far as Boston is concerned tonight.

Hey, apparently the Mariners realized Bonderman was dreadful too and DFAed him in favor of Erasmo Ramirez. He is rather more concerning as a fairly talented young pitcher, though at least he's not a soft-tossing lefty straight out of Triple-A. Now that would be doomsday material.

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