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Red Sox vs. Rays: Standard lineup in order against left-handed Matt Moore

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The Red Sox won't be trying any new tricks as they kick off the postseason against Matt Moore.

Doug Pensinger

The playoffs are here, but that's not inspiring any immediate shakeups from John Farrell, who will go to his standard-issue lineup against left-handed pitchers to take on Matt Moore in the first game of the ALDS.

Boston Red Sox

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Shane Victorino, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B
  6. Jonny Gomes, LF
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Stephen Drew, SS
  9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

Starting Pitcher -- Jon Lester

Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Desmond Jennings, CF
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  3. Will Myers, RF
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Sean Rodriguez, LF
  7. Yunel Escobar, SS
  8. James Loney, 1B
  9. Jose Lobaton, C

Starting Pitcher -- Matt Moore

Yes, it's business as usual, right down to Stephen Drew and his .196/.246/.340 batting line against lefties. His inclusion against Moore in a five-game series is as concerning as it was eminently predictable. But it's also not entirely negative. He gives Boston their best defensive option at short, and if he's only going to start against one of the two lefties that the Rays will start the series with, better for it to be the often wild Moore than the surgically precise David Price.

Otherwise, the big question mark is the man at the end of the order: Will Middlebrooks. He was unstoppable for about a month after his return, but has fallen into an incredible slump since September 10th, hitting to a .411 OPS. If he can't find his way back again, then it might be him and not Stephen Drew that has to fear losing his spot to Xander Bogaerts. If he can, he'll be another big right-handed weapon for the Sox to go along with the likes of Victorino, Pedroia, Napoli, and Gomes.

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