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Friday Red Sox Lineup: Built For Cook

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August 25, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Aaron Cook (35) pitches during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE
August 25, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Aaron Cook (35) pitches during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

For the first time, Aaron Cook will have the best infield defense the Red Sox can offer.

From right to left: James Loney, Dustin Pedroia, Jose Iglesias, Pedro Ciriaco. Not a one of whom can't flash the leather with the best of them. The middle infield in particular should be an absolute vacuum.

The question will be whether or not he can do anything with it. The infield defense will only work for Cook if Cook is working like he should. And Cook isn't always working these days.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Scott Podsednik, LF Coco Crisp, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Stephen Drew, SS
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Josh Reddick, RF
Cody Ross, RF Yoenis Cespedes, LF
James Loney, 1B Brandon Moss, 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Jonny Gomes, DH
Mike Aviles, DH Josh Donaldson, 3B
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B George Kottaras, C
Jose Iglesias, SS Cliff Pennington, 2B