Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell are hitting a combined .146 in the No. 5 spot in the lineup (Varitek, .178, two HRs, six RBIs; Lowell, .080, no HRs, no RBIs). Lowell is batting .363 with six HRs and 27 RBIs when batting seventh. The Red Sox have five home runs and 37 RBIs from the fifth position and four home runs and 36 RBIs from the ninth position.
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