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Red Sox vs. Rays lineup: Daniel Nava starts in left

Daniel Nava will start in left over Jackie Bradley Jr. as the Red Sox try to stay above .500 against David Price and the rays.

Jim Rogash

The Red Sox will leave Jackie Bradley Jr. on the bench against tough lefty David Price as they try to recover from a two-game slide.

After a rainy night in Fenway Park gave them an unplanned day off, the Red Sox will not have to rely on the inconsistent Felix Doubront to pull them out of their short slump. Instead, they'll have Jon Lester, who has surrendered just two runs in 12 strong innings of work so far this season. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay gets the same benefit, replacing Alex Cobb with Cy Young winner David Price.

With that in mind, the Sox are getting as much offense as possible into the lineup, replacing the struggling Jackie Bradley Jr. with Daniel Nava, who's running hot even against lefties at the moment.

Boston Red Sox (5-4)

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

Starting Pitcher -- Jon Lester

Tampa Bay Rays (4-5)

  1. Desmond Jennings, CF
  2. Sean Rodriguez, 1B
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Ben Zobrist, RF
  5. Shelley Duncan, DH
  6. Yunel Escobar, SS
  7. Ryan Roberts, 2B
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Matt Joyce, LF

Starting Pitcher -- David Price

The good news for the Red Sox is two-fold. First, David Price has been hittable so far this year, with a stunning eight runs allowed in his last start against the Indians. Second, the Red Sox have struggled against the average arms they've faced, and excelled against the top arms. It's not exactly the sort of trend that tends to hold true over long periods of time, but hopefully they'll get at least one more day out of it.