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Red Sox vs. Athletics lineups: Shane Victorino returns

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After missing a day with a bad back, Shane Victorino returns to the lineup Monday night, hoping to help get the Red Sox back to winning.

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Shane Victorino is back in the lineup Monday night as the Red Sox try to get back to winning against the Oakland Athletics.

Boston Red Sox (12-6)

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

Starting Pitcher -- Felix Doubront

Oakland Athletics (12-7)

  1. Coco Crisp, CF
  2. Chris Young, LF
  3. Brandon Moss, 1B
  4. Jed Lowrie, SS
  5. Derek Norris, C
  6. Josh Donaldson, 3B
  7. Josh Reddick, RF
  8. Nate Freiman, DH
  9. Andy Parrino, 2B

Starting Pitcher -- A.J. Griffin

Unfortunately, the schedule doesn't get any easier just yet. If the Red Sox are going to bounce back, they're really going to have to earn it. The bullpen is tired, Felix Doubront isn't one to go deep in a game, A.J. Griffin is an impressive young pitcher, and the Athletics are a very good team these days.

Still, it's far from impossible. The Oakland lineup isn't at full strength, and like the Red Sox they're struggling to score runs these days. If Doubront can avoid being the catalyst that gets them going again, Boston's biggest concerns might end up not being such a major issue.