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Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Jose Iglesias starts at third

Jose Iglesias gets the start at third base Tuesday night as the Red Sox seek a series win in Tampa.

Al Messerschmidt

One day after making his return to action, Will Middlebrooks is out and Jose Iglesias in at third base as the Sox look to lock up a series win over the Rays.

Boston Red Sox (40-25)

  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. Stephen Drew, SS
  8. David Ross, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, 3B

Starting Pitcher -- Jon Lester

Tampa Bay Rays (34-29)

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

Starting Pitcher -- Roberto Hernandez

Before anyone gets ahead of themselves, this is not some sudden shift in policy from Farrell and the Red Sox. Will Middlebrooks is just getting the day after his return from the DL off, which seems to be standard operating procedure for anyone who ends up missing time. While Iglesias does project to get some starting time at third base in the weeks to come, this is hardly a benching for Middlebrooks.

The real story tonight for the Red Sox, though, will be Jon Lester. Boston's premier southpaw has had very little in the way of success over his last few games. Now, with the Red Sox in need of some serious innings after last night's fourteen-frame debacle, he needs to shake off those troubles and give his bullpen some rest.

If he doesn't, it's Jose De La Torre all the way. No offense to De La Torre, who has been solid for the Paw Sox this year, but that's not a scenario we want to see.

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