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The answer is: Carlos Baerga, 2002.

The question: Who was the last Sox second baseman to bat cleanup?

Dustin Pedroia gets the honor tonight. The reason? Terry Francona indicated with Kevin Youkilis suffering from the flu to go along with Coco Crisp and Josh Beckett on the team sick bed, that he wanted to create a lineup that would be tough for the White Sox bullpen to counter. Francona said he’s taking a lot of grief from both Pedroia and David Ortiz over the lineup, Pedroia who keeps saying, “It’s about time” and Ortiz, who jokingly said he will retire.

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Francona said he won’t make a habit of batting his little second baseman cleanup, but White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen did indicate after an 8-0 loss to the Sox that Pedroia was currently a tougher hitter to get out than Ortiz.

Here’s how Pedroia fits into the Sox lineup: Ellsbury, CF; Lowrie, 3B;, Ortiz, DH; Pedroia, 2B; Kotsay, RF, Bay, LF, Varitek, C, Bailey, 1B; Cora, SS; Bowden, SP.

Michael Bowden will be making his Sox debut. He’ll face a White Sox lineup of Cabrera, SS; Pierzynski, C; Quentin, LF; Dye, RF; Thome, DH, Ramirez, 2B; Griffey, CF; Swisher, 1B; Crede, 3B; Buerhrle, SP.

Francona had a brief conversation with Bowden and told him, “I’ll see you around the eighth inning.”…

Jonathan Papelbon has made up T-shirts which read, “Cinco-Ocho” a spin-off of Chad Johnson’s “Ocho-Cinco” his jersey number which is now his legal name.

“Is he going to wear that on his jersey?” asked Papelbon.

I said I didn’t know. Didn’t want to give him a ny ideas.

Julio Lugo, who was moved from the 15 to the 60-day DL on Friday, has been away from the team the past two days for personal reasons.

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The Sox need to make a roster move to make room for Bowden on the 40-man. It had not yet been made late this afternoon.

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