Red Sox vs. Braves: A return to unfriendly Fenway

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox are 10-17 at home. Can they finally start winning games in Fenway Park?

The Red Sox took both of the road games in this home-and-home series against the Braves. Now they'll try to turn around their Fenway woes behind John Lackey.

Today's Lineups

ATLANTA BRAVES BOSTON RED SOX
Jason Heyward - RF Brock Holt - 3B
B.J. Upton - CF Xander Bogaerts - SS
Freddie Freeman - 1B Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Justin Upton - LF David Ortiz - DH
Chris Johnson - 3B A.J. Pierzynski - C
Ryan Doumit - DH Jonny Gomes - LF
Tommy La Stella - 2B Grady Sizemore - RF
Gerald Laird - C Daniel Nava - 1B
Ramiro Pena - SS Jackie Bradley - CF
Gavin Floyd - RHP John Lackey - RHP

Yes, that's Jonny Gomes vs. a righty again. Yes, he's batting sixth. No, there's no real explanation for it that I can see.

Then again, it's not like the Red Sox' alternatives are all that impressive with Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino on the disabled list. No, the Sox just have to hope that, having been the victims of momentum in the other direction for most of the last two weeks, they might actually have some in their favor right now. The reality of the situation that this is still a lineup full of holes, but if they can actually make some progress over the next couple weeks, then maybe the returns of Drew, Victorino, and Napoli will actually mean something.

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

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