Lineups and Game Notes: With Middlebrooks to DL, Holt Called Up to Play Third

The Red Sox and Tigers resume their 2013 ALCS rematch series on Saturday night for the second game of the three-game set. With Will Middlebrooks placed on the 15-day DL earlier today, Brock Holt will start in his place at third base. Here are the rest of today’s lineups and game notes:

Tigers (25-12)

1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Torii Hunter (R) RF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH
5. Austin Jackson (R) CF
6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B
7. Alex Avila (L) C
8. Andre Romine (S) SS
9. Rajai Davis (R) LF
SP: Rick Porcello (RHP) (6-1, 3.22 ERA)

Red Sox (20-21)

1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
2. Shane Victorino (S) RF
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Grady Sizemore (L) CF
6. Mike Carp (L) LF
7. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
8. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
9. Brock Holt (L) 3B
SP: John Lackey (RHP) (5-2, 3.57 ERA)


Game time: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN/93.7 WEEI

Notes: David Ortiz had Boston’s 1st hit of the game last night, a single with 2 out in the 4th inning…He is batting .500 (18-for-36) with 3 2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB during a season-high 9-game hit streak, the 2nd-longest active stretch in the AL behind BAL’s Adam Jones (11 in a row)…Since the start of May, Ortiz leads the majors with 45 total bases and is tied for the ML lead with 6 home runs (also TOR’s Edwin Encarnacion)…Beginning on 5/1, he also tops the AL in AVG (.393), OBP (.469), SLG (.804), OPS (1.272), hits (22), and extra-base hits (tied, 11)…The Red Sox have lost 3 of their last 4 games despite outscoring opponents 18-17 in that stretch…All 3 losses have been by 2 runs or less, including a pair of 1-run decisions, and a pair of walk-off losses…The Red Sox are trying to avoid their 3rd 3-game losing streak of 2014, 1st since 4/12-15…The Sox have not dropped more than 3 straight games since losing the last 8 games of 2012…Of the Red Sox’ 41 games played, 15 have been determined by 1 run (5-10)…That’s the most 1-run games in the AL, 2 more than the next-highest total (BAL, HOU, and LAA with 13)…Boston is 15-11 (.577) in games decided by at least 2 runs…The Sox’ 10 losses in 1-run games are the most in the AL…In MLB only the Reds have lost more (12).

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