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Lineups and Game Notes: Vazquez to Make First Big League Start, Holt to Play Shortstop

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Catching prospect Christian Vazquez, 23, will be making his first MLB start as he catches for the Red Sox on Wednesday. Jim Davis/The Boston Globe

With Tuesday’s 8-3 loss at the hands of the White Sox, the Red Sox fell to a measly 1-7 eight games into this 10-game homestand that was supposed to help them get back into contention. With the news that A.J. Pierzynski was designated for assignment on Wednesday, 23-year-old Christian Vazquez was called up to make his first MLB start behind the plate. Here is a look at the rest of the lineups for tonight’s matchup:

WHITE SOX (44-47)
1. Adam Eaton (CF)
2. Gordon Beckham (2B)
3. Jose Abreu (3B)
4. Adam Dunn (DH)
5. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
6. Conor Gillaspie (3B)
7. Dayan Viciedo (RF)
8. Alejandro De Aza (LF)
9. Tyler Flowers (C)
SP: Chris Sale (LHP) (8-1, 2.16 ERA)

RED SOX (39-51)
1. Brock Holt (SS)
2. Dustin Pedroia (2B)
3. David Ortiz (DH)
4. Mike Napoli (1B)
5. Jonny Gomes (LF)
6. Xander Bogaerts (3B)
7. Jackie Bradley Jr. (CF)
8. Mookie Betts (RF)
9. Christian Vazquez (C)
SP: Rubby De La Rosa (RHP) (2-2, 2.51 ERA)

Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, 93.7 WEEI

Notes: The Red Sox have dropped 4 in a row and 7 of 8 games since the start of the current homestand...The club has lost 13 of 18 contests following a 7-4 stretch from 6/8-18...The Sox are 19-22 since the start of a season-long 7-game win streak on 5/26, after a 20-29 start to the year…The Sox are a season-high 12-games below .500...They are in last place in the AL East, a season-high 10.5 games back for the 1st time since the end of play on the 2012 season (26.0 GB)...The Sox are 10.0 games back in the race for the 2nd Wild Card spot...Boston is 21-12 (.636) this year when tallying at least 10 hits, and 34-23 (.596) when scoring at least 3 runs.

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