Game 52 Lineups: Lackey, Red Sox Seek This Season’s First Winning Streak

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After a couple of quality victories in Atlanta snapped their 10-game losing skid, the Red Sox return to Boston looking to win three straight for the first time this season, welcoming the Braves — and several members of the 2004 World Series champs, including the inimitable Manuel Aristides Ramirez — to Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

After a pregame ceremony marking the 10-year anniversary of the franchise’s most celebrated title, John Lackey takes the ball for the Red Sox, opposed by former White Sox righty Gavin Floyd. Here are the “nine to know,” and here are the lineups:

RED SOX (22-29)
1. Brock Holt (L) 3B
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
3. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
4. David Ortiz (L) DH
5. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
6. Jonny Gomes (R) LF
7. Grady Sizemore (L) RF
8. Daniel Nava (S) 1B
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF
SP: John Lackey (RHP) (5-3, 3.58)
BRAVES (28-23)
1. Jason Heyward (L) RF
2. B.J. Upton (R) CF
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Justin Upton (R) LF
5. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
6. Ryan Doumit (S) DH
7. Tommy La Stella (L) 2B
8. Gerald Laird (R) C
9. Ramiro Pena (S) SS
SP: Gavin Floyd (RHP) (0-1, 2.49)
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
Location: Fenway Park
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI (93.7 FM) / WCEC (1490 AM Spanish)
Notes: It’s a damp day in Boston, and temperatures aren’t expected to climb above 51 degrees (according to during the game, but rain is not expected to be a factor … This opens a five-game homestand for the Sox, starting with two against the Braves before the Rays arrive for a weekend series … The Sox have won consecutive games eight times this season, but have yet to win three straight … Boston has lost six consecutive games at Fenway, where the team is 10-17 this season. No major league club has played more than 28 home games this season … The Red Sox have an AL-best 2.53 bullpen ERA this month … Dustin Pedroia’s three-hit game Tuesday was his third game this season with at least three hits; through 51 contests in 2013, he’d done it five times, and finished with 16 … This marks Nava’s 11th career start at first base … Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella is making his major-league debut … Gerald Laird (3-for-30) and B.J. Upton (6-for-29, 2 HRs) are the only Braves with more than six career at-bats against Lackey … David Ortiz is 8-for-25 with three solo homers against Floyd … Pierzynski caught Floyd for 779.1 innings while they were teammates in Chicago … Steve Lyons will fill in for Jerry Remy as NESN’s color analyst both Wednesday and Thursday.

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