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Red Sox vs. Rays: Shane Victorino takes a break

Shane Victorino will take the day off as John Lackey, the Red Sox' last winning pitcher, tries to snap their losing streak.

Jared Wickerham

Boston's attention has been stolen by the Jake Peavy trade for today, but the Red Sox will still take the field Saturday night, sending John Lackey to the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Today's Lineups

Brock Holt - RF Desmond Jennings - CF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Ben Zobrist - 2B
David Ortiz - DH Matt Joyce - DH
Mike Napoli - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Daniel Nava - LF James Loney - 1B
Stephen Drew - SS Brandon Guyer - LF
Xander Bogaerts - 3B Yunel Escobar - SS
Jackie Bradley - CF Jose Molina - C
Christian Vazquez - C Kevin Kiermaier - RF
John Lackey - RHP Jeremy Hellickson - RHP

The Red Sox will avoid pushing Shane Victorino too hard too fast, which is no problem given the lack of urgency. Instead Brock Holt will start in right, with the rest of Boston's typical lineup against right-handed pitchers taking their usual places.

On the mound, John Lackey seems to be bouncing back from his exposure to the nine-inning curse. While Lackey was not exactly overpowering in his seven innings of work against Toronto, he was rock solid, which is what the Red Sox have come to expect from him since last year. He was the last pitcher to get Boston a win; maybe he'll be good to end the losing streak that's followed.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.