Xander Bogaerts will be in the starting lineup Sunday night, but David Ortiz is conspicuously absent as the Red Sox go for what would be an important series win.
Boston Red Sox (76-55)
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Shane Victorino, RF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Mike Napoli, 1B
- Jonny Gomes, LF
- Will Middlebrooks, 3B
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
- Jake Peavy, P
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So why no Ortiz today? It's hard to imagine this is a matter of lefty - lefty, given the simple drop in quality from Ortiz to Napoli at the plate. That leaves us with a few possibilities then, as I see it:
- Napoli had a good game yesterday and, having been held out for a while by plantar fasciitis, could use a couple games in a row to get ready for regular playing time back in the American League.
- David Ortiz is not feeling terribly good right now. Farrell mentioned he was sore after his first game at first, so perhaps two more have made him less comfortable than the team would like.
- Connected to that, but Ortiz is hitless during this road trip. Perhaps he's so ill-suited to the field that it's reducing his efficacy at the plate.
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