Extra Bases

Look at the lineups

So, here’s a look at the lineups for tonight’s game:

1. Julio Lugo, SS
2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Coco Crisp, CF
9. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

P — Curt Schilling

Oakland A’s
1. Shannon Stewart, LF
2. Mark Ellis, 2B
3. Eric Chavez, 3B
4. Mike Piazza DH
5. Dan Johnson, 1B
6. Bobby Crosby, SS
7. Travis Buck, RF
8. Jason Kendall, C
9. Ryan Langerhans, CF

P — Joe Blanton

The only mild surprise here is that Alex Cora, who is 9 for his last 21 (.429) and has homered twice in his last four games, isn’t in the lineup. Rookie Dustin Pedroia, who is 5 for his last 45 and batting .182, draws the start at second. Terry Francona said that he feels that part of his responsibility is to help Pedroia’s development, which can’t happen with him sitting on the bench. “Going with the hot hand is the easy thing to do,” said Francona. “I don’t know that it’s the right thing to do 50 at-bats into this kid’s career.”



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