No, it's not the start of some overly long and elaborate joke! It's Kevin Youkilis!
It's been awhile since the Sox have had the services of their starting third baseman, but for the first time in a couple of weeks he's back, batting fourth and manning the hot corner!
|BOSTON RED SOX||TEXAS RANGERS|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Ian Kinsler - 2B|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Elvis Andrus - SS|
|Adrian Gonzalez - 1B||Josh Hamilton - LF|
|Kevin Youkilis - 3B||Michael Young - 1B|
|David Ortiz - DH||Adrian Beltre - 3B|
|Jed Lowrie - SS||Mike Napoli - C|
|Conor Jackson - LF||Yorvit Torrealba - DH|
|Jason Varitek - C||David Murphy - RF|
|Darnell McDonald - RF||Craig Gentry - CF|
Meanwhile, here come the Rangers for another series just about a week since the last one, which the Sox took in convincing fashion. Hopefully we're looking at more of the same for now--in particular from Andrew Miller, who dominated the Rangers' lineup in his last time out.
#30 / Pitcher / Boston Red Sox
May 21, 1985
|2011 - Andrew Miller||6-1||12||10||0||0||0||0||55.0||61||30||27||5||32||39||4.42||1.69|
They didn't get to see lefty Derek Holland last time--in fact, they've not faced him since 2009. Hopefully the unfamiliarity won't pose a problem for the rejuvinated lineup.
#45 / Pitcher / Texas Rangers
Oct 09, 1986
|2011 - Derek Holland||12-5||27||27||4||4||0||0||165.1||180||88||79||17||57||127||4.30||1.43|