Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: Don't mess with success

Greg Fiume

The Red Sox will keep their lineup unchanged as they try to replicate Saturday's seven-run attack against the Orioles.

Having scored seven runs in last night's win over the Orioles, the Red Sox' lineup for Sunday's rubber game is, understandably, unchanged.

Boston Red Sox (62-43)

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

Starting Pitcher -- Jon Lester

Baltimore Orioles (58-47)

  1. Nick Markakis, RF
  2. Manny Machado, 3B
  3. Chris Davis, 1B
  4. Adam Jones, CF
  5. Matt Wieters, DH
  6. J.J. Hardy, SS
  7. Brian Roberts, 2B
  8. L.J. Hoes, LF
  9. Taylor Teagarden, C
Starting PItcher -- Jason Hammel

The task tonight will be to do to Jason Hammel what they did to Scott Feldman, and frankly, that shouldn't be much to ask for. Hammel has a 5.20 ERA on the year, and that's a number made better by a solid April that's long since forgotten.

The biggest thing for the Red Sox tonight, however, will be which Jon Lester shows up. The good Jon Lester who has appeared in three-of-four starts now, or the miserable Jon Lester from much of the last two months? If Lester can keep it together, that would be four positive starts in five--enough, really, to establish a return-to-form. If not, it could be right back to the drawing board for the southpaw. Whatever the outcome, it's a game that could have significant impact on Boston's plans going forward, particularly at the trade deadline.

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