For the first time this season, Dustin Pedroia is getting the day off.
Jose Iglesias will fill in for Boston's superlative second baseman, and while it's hard to ever say that Dustin Pedroia's glove will not be missed, if there's any player that can make that true, it's Jose Iglesias. He'll shift over to second in Pedroia's absence, with Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew manning the left side of the infield.
Oh, and Iglesias is batting second. And Daniel Nava is batting third. That's a thing. What's our record again?
Boston Red Sox (42-28)
Right, that's it. How on Earth?
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Jose Iglesias, 2B
- Daniel Nava, RF
- David Ortiz, DH
- Jonny Gomes, LF
- Mike Carp, 1B
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Will Middlebrooks, 3B
- Stephen Drew, SS
Baltimore Orioles (39-30)
- Nick Markakis, RF
- Manny Machado, 3B
- J.J. Hardy, SS
- Adam Jones, CF
- Chris Davis, 1B
- Matt Wieters, C
- Danny Valencia, DH
- Steve Pearce, LF
- Alexi Casilla, 2B
Starting Pitcher -- Miguel Gonzalez
Jon Lester has a nice record against the Orioles. Which would be encouraging if he were playing at all like Jon Lester right now. It's probably past time that they skip a start with him just to try and figure out what's wrong rather than keep on throwing him to the wolves, but with the current issues surrounding Buchholz and all the roster movement forced by doubleheaders and extra-innings games, that hasn't been an easy thing to do.
Who knows? Maybe the Orioles prove the cure. It seems unlikely, though. They haven't exactly been the cure for much these past two years.
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