Red Sox vs. Athletics: Shane Victorino sits, Xander Bogaerts bats second

Jim Rogash

Shane Victorino will get Saturday off, leaving the Red Sox with a few tweaks in their lineup.

The Red Sox will be without Shane Victorino Saturday afternoon, forcing a flurry of shifts both offensively and defensively as they try to take a series win from the Athletics.

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S BOSTON RED SOX
Coco Crisp - CF Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Jed Lowrie - SS Xander Bogaerts - SS
Josh Donaldson - 3B David Ortiz - DH
Yoenis Cespedes - DH Mike Napoli - 1B
Derek Norris - C Jonny Gomes - LF
A. Callaspo - 1B Grady Sizemore - CF
Craig Gentry - LF W. Middlebrooks - 3B
Josh Reddick - RF Jackie Bradley - RF
Nick Punto - 2B David Ross - C
Tommy Milone - LHP Jon Lester - LHP

So, it's certainly a different look. Xander Bogaerts batting second, Grady Sizemore in center, Jackie Bradley in right. It's certainly a weaker defensive alignment, and losing Shane against the lefty Milone isn't great. But the outfielder is still relatively fresh off the disabled list, so it's not surprising to see him get some time off.

What might be surprising is the Bradley - Sizemore shift, particularly given how awful Sizemore looked defensively early in the season. This, however, is just a product of Fenway's massive right field, which will allow Bradley to roam freely while taking full advantage of his arm.

First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

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