Jose Iglesias is back at third base, providing a boost to the defense behind Brandon Workman, who's out to maintain the quality he's brought to Boston in his first two starts with the team.
Boston Red Sox (63-44)
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Shane Victorino, RF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Mike Napoli, 1B
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Jonny Gomes, LF
- Stephen Drew, SS
- Jose Iglesias, 3B
Starting Pitcher -- Brandon Workman
Seattle Mariners (50-55)
- Brad Miller, SS
- Nick Franklin, 2B
- Kyle Seager, 3B
- Kendrys Morales, DH
- Raul Ibanez, LF
- Michael Morse, RF
- Justin Smoak, 1B
- Michael Saunders, CF
- Henry Blanco, C
Starting Pitcher -- Joe Saunders
Not long ago, the Mariners were one of the American League's hottest teams. Then they ran into the powerhouse, uh, Twins...who took two-of-four, hopefully bringing them solidly back to Earth.
God knows the Red Sox could certainly use some less challenging opponents having taken on the Yankees, Rays, and Orioles to start the second half. Having to face David Price twice? C'mon now. Joe Saunders, with his 4.48 ERA and mediocre peripherals will, hopefully, be a welcome relief to the lineup.
The most important player of the night, though, is on the mound for the Red Sox. Whatever the lineup does behind him, the Red Sox would very much like to see another strong start from Brandon Workman on the mound. Not just for what it would mean for tonight's game, but for what it would mean for tomorrow's trade deadline, and in the months to come.
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