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Red Sox vs. Rangers lineups: Shane Victorino returns

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Shane Victorino is back in the lineup after missing the past week with back spasms.

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For the first time in a week, Shane Victorino is back in the Boston Red Sox' lineup, batting second as the team takes on lefty Derek Holland and the Texas Rangers.

Boston Red Sox (20-8)

  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. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Pedro Ciriaco, SS
Starting Pitcher -- Felix Doubront

Texas Rangers (17-11)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Lance Berkman, DH
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  5. Nelson Cruz, RF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Jeff Baker, LF
  8. Mitch Moreland, 1B
  9. Craig Gentry, CF

Starting Pitcher -- Derek Holland

Shane Victorino is not the only one making a return, with David Ortiz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Pedro Ciriaco all making their way back in. Seeing Ortiz back is, clearly, the highlight there, particularly given the difference between Salty and Ross when it comes to facing lefties.

Jonny Gomes isn't making a return, but his inclusion is slightly surprising after Victorino's return. Comments made by John Farrell in recent weeks seemed to imply that Daniel Nava was the starter, and not in a "long end of the platoon" sort of way. We'll see in time if this is just a typical day off designed to get Gomes a game against a lefty, or something more.

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