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Red Sox vs. Padres lineups: Score some runs, maybe?

The Red Sox haven't been scoring any runs. Perhaps they would like to change that?

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With Sandy Leon back in the lineup, and David Ortiz still out along with the DH, the Red Sox will move the catcher all the way up to fifth in the batting order.


Dustin Pedroia, 2B Travis Jankowski, CF
Xander Bogaerts, SS Wil Myers, 1B
Mookie Betts, RF Yangervis Solarte, 3B
Hanley Ramirez, 1B Alex Dickerson, LF
Sandy Leon, C Ryan Schimpf, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Hector Sanchez, C
Chris Young, LF Oswaldo Arcia, RF
Yoan Moncada, 3B Luis Sardinas, SS
Clay Buchholz, P Paul Clemens, P

So it's a Buchholz start. That's not necessarily a bad thing given his performance in his previous two starts, but at the same time, two outings--all of 12.1 outings--don't necessarily mean all that much, and he struggled in his return to the bullpen. I'd call it a make-or-break outing for Buchholz, but frankly it mostly comes down to Steven Wright's ability to get healthy and pitch effectively. If he can't, then the Sox don't really have much in the way of options to turn to other than Buchholz, so Buchholz it will be.

Whatever the future holds, though, the Sox sure can't be losing another game here. They've failed to take advantage of the opportunities they Jays have given them time and again. The Jays aren't likely to keep on leaving the door open, and time is running out for the Sox to not only catch up, but actually overtake them. And to do that, they actually have to score some runs again. For all our sake's, Red Sox, score some runs!

I still can't believe they didn't beat Edwin Jackson. Or put up a single run on him.

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