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Aug 29, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman James Loney (22) before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 29, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman James Loney (22) before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Ah, Red Sox lineups post-trade. Even at their best they're pretty ugly.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Scott Podsednik, LF Mike Trout, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Torii Hunter, RF
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Albert Pujols, DH
James Loney, 1B Mark Trumbo, 1B
Cody Ross, RF Howard Kendrick, 2B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH Erick Aybar, SS
Ryan Lavarnway, C Maicer Izturis, 3B
Mike Aviles, SS Vernon Wells, LF
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B Chris Iannetta, C

Loney moves up above Ross into the cleanup spot given the combination of a right-handed Zack Greinke on the mound and an away game--Ross' worst of scenarios to be certain.

So what do we hope for? More hitting from Ryan Lavarnway (an entirely decent 6-for-19), and a good outing for Jon Lester. That's probably at the top of the list, since asking for Pedro to take a walk and Ellsbury to hit a homer would probably be too much to ask for.