Red Sox vs. Rays: Brock Holt leads off

Brock Holt will lead off for a Red Sox team that may as well try everything.

The Red Sox will have Brock Holt leading off against Chris Archer and the Rays Friday night because, well, why not?

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX TAMPA BAY RAYS
Brock Holt - 3B David DeJesus - DH
Xander Bogaerts - SS Evan Longoria - 3B
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Matt Joyce - LF
David Ortiz - DH Wil Myers - RF
Mike Napoli - 1B James Loney - 1B
A.J. Pierzynski - C D. Jennings - CF
Shane Victorino - RF Sean Rodriguez - 2B
Grady Sizemore - LF Yunel Escobar - SS
Jackie Bradley - CF Ryan Hanigan - C
John Lackey - RHP Chris Archer - RHP

It's an honest question. There are times when riding the hot hand--and that is pretty much what Brock Holt amounts to--can be called lazy or misguided management. But when every other tactic has resulted in nothing in the way of results, well, why not?

The best part of all this is that Xander Bogaerts is back to batting second, and Mike Napoli has made his return to the lineup batting fifth. It's probably the strongest batting order we've seen in a while, but that's just not saying all that much these days.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

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