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Red Sox vs. Orioles lineup: If this game ever happens, Jose Iglesias won't be starting

It's rain, rain, rain in Baltimore.

Greg Fiume

So...there's some rain going on in the Baltimore area. Big, game-endangering rain.

If, however, the rain permits, we will have Red Sox vs. Orioles, and Jose Iglesias won't be starting.

Now, John Farrell said Iglesias needed just two days a week. But right now it is surprising to see him getting this much of the short end of the rotation stick. This will make three-of-four games started by Drew and Middlebrooks.

Perhaps the idea is to get this all sorted out as soon as possible? Give Will Middlebrooks a chance to start hitting, and if either he or Stephen Drew fails convincingly, make the switch to Iglesias semi-permanent, rather than dancing around the issue for the rest of the season. Otherwise, it's surprising to see Farrell go so far away from the hot hand.

Boston Red Sox (41-26)

  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. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  9. Stephen Drew, SS

Starting Pitcher -- Felix Doubront

Baltimore Orioles (37-29)

  1. Nate McLouth, LF
  2. Manny Machado, 3B
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Adam Jones, CF
  5. Chris Davis, 1B
  6. Matt Wieters, C
  7. J.J. Hardy, SS
  8. Danny Valencia, DH
  9. Ryan Flaherty, 2B

Starting Pitcher -- Kevin Gausman

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