Game 24 Lineups: Will Middlebrooks is Back at Third

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Slowly but surely, those holes in the Red Sox lineup are starting to fill in. After the team got right fielder Shane Victorino back last night — and even mustered a third inning double out of him — tonight, they will have third baseman Will Middlebrooks back from a strained right calf injury that’s sidelined him since April 4.

Of course, Middlebrooks’ return means that Brock Holt was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, ending a memorable run of “BROCK HOLT!” jokes among Red Sox fans who also enjoyed the late, great “Arrested Development.” But we’ll take Middlebrooks over BROCK HOLT for now.


Here are tonight’s starting lineups, as Jake Peavy looks for his first win of 2014…and unfortunately, it comes against an unbeaten pitcher:

RED SOX (10-13)
1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
2. Shane Victorino (R) RF
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Jonny Gomes (R) LF
6. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
7. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
8. Will Middlebrooks (R) 3B
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF
SP: Jake Peavy (RHP) (0-0, 3.33 ERA)
BLUE JAYS (11-11)
1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Melky Cabrera (S) LF
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
5. Dioner Navarro (S) C
6. Juan Francisco (L) DH
7. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
8. Colby Rasmus (L) CF
9. Ryan Goins (L) 2B
SP: Mark Buehrle (LHP) (4-0, 0.64 ERA)
Game time: 7:07 p.m.
Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI (93.7 FM), WCEC 1490 AM (Spanish)
Notes: See Bill Chuck’s Nine to Know: Red Sox at Blue Jays.

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