Red Sox vs. Mariners: With Jose Iglesias gone, Brock Holt fills in

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With Jose Iglesias gone to Detroit, the Red Sox turn to Brock Holt to bridge the gap at third.

While ultimately Brock Holt will not be the answer at third base, with Jose Iglesias having left for Detroit in the Jake Peavy trade, the Red Sox will make due with the utility infielder until Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks, or an outside alternative is deemed ready to take on the job.

Boston Red Sox (64-44)

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

Starting Pitcher -- John Lackey

Seattle Mariners

  1. Brad Miller, SS
  2. Nick Franklin, 2B
  3. Kyle Seager, 3B
  4. Kendrys Morales, DH
  5. Raul Ibanez, LF
  6. Michael Morse, 1B
  7. Michael Saunders, RF
  8. Dustin Ackley, CF
  9. Humberto Quintero, C

Starting Pitcher -- Hisashi Iwakuma

By the numbers, this is one very strong pitching matchup. Yes, Lackey was mediocre in his last outing. Yes, the Red Sox teed off on Iwakuma the only other time they faced him, but in general, these are two pitchers who have done very well for themselves this year, and can probably be expected to continue to do that tonight.

Still, with Felix Hernandez going tomorrow, this is one the Red Sox have to have their eye on. A series loss to the Mariners is hardly acceptable, and while anything can happen, the assumption kind of has to be that they're not hitting King Felix.

With that in mind, here's to a big night from John Lackey, and to that top of Boston's order staying just as hot as they were yesterday.

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