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Red Sox lineup, with a big surprise

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  October 14, 2008 03:53 PM

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Jacoby Ellsbury is not leading off, but you might not guess who is -- one David Jonathan Drew. With Ellsbury 0 for his last 20 and a righthander on the mound, Coco Crisp is in center (batting seventh) and J.D. Drew is batting leadoff.

Drew has hit first 64 times in his career, and out of the leadoff spot he is hitting .243 (his worst average from any spot in the lineup) with a .350 on-base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage. Drew led off eight games this season and went 5 for 29 with 10 walks.

(Career batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage against Tampa Bay starter Andy Sonnanstine in parentheses):

Red Sox
1. J.D. Drew, RF (.364 batting average, .364 on-base percentage, .727 slugging percentage)
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (.200, .294, .267)
3. David Ortiz, DH (.188, .235, .375)
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B (.083, .143, .167)
5. Jason Bay, LF (.200, .167, .400)
6. Mark Kotsay, 1B (.000, .000, .000)
7. Coco Crisp, CF (.300, .364, .400)
8. Kevin Cash, C (.500, .500, .500)
9. Jed Lowrie, SS (.600, .600, .800)

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