Throwing around some lineup ideas

BALTIMORE — Just for kicks, can the Red Sox get away with this lineup?

Aviles SS
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez RF
Youkilis 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Salty C
Nava LF
Byrd CF

Valentine said it’s just theory at this point, but it has been discussed. That’s asking a lot from Gonzalez and inviting trouble. But perhaps it can work 4-5 days a week.

How about using Aviles in the outfield and playing Jose Iglesias at shortstop? With six — yes, six — outfielders on the disabled list, creativity is going to be needed.

As for trades, do you really want to trade any legitimate prospects to bolster a last-place team?


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