Game 140 Lineups and Notes: Pedroia Still Out, While Middlebrooks Back In

After getting a day off on Wednesday due to recent struggles at the plate, Will Middlebrooks is back at third for the Sox on Thursday. Tom Olmscheid/AP

After a Bronx Beatdown of the Yankees on Tuesday, it was back to realty on Wednesday, as the Sox managed just six hits and never really threatened getting back into the game. They can still win the series with a victory tonight, and to do so they’ll have to do it against their former teammate Chris Capuano, who has made seven starts for the Yankees since signing with them in July, while Brandon Workman looks to snap his eight-appearance losing streak. Here’s a look at lineups for tonight’s series finale in the Bronx:

RED SOX (61-78)

1. Brock Holt (L) 2B
2. Mookie Betts (R) CF
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
6. Allen Craig (R) RF
7. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
8. Will Middlebrooks (R) 3B
9. Christian Vazquez (R) C
SP: Brandon Workman (RHP) (1-8, 4.93 ERA)


YANKEES (71-66)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brett Gardner (L) LF
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
6. Brian McCann (L) C
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
SP: Chris Capuano (LHP) (2-3, 3.60 ERA)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, 93.7 WEEI

Notes: The Red Sox conclude a 10-game, 11-day road trip tonight with the last of 3 games in the Bronx (1-1 thus far)…They opened the trip winning 2 of 3 in TOR, and then took 2 of 4 in TB over the long weekend…The Sox are 5-4 thus far on the trip…A win tonight would give them a 2nd straight winning trip (also 5-3, 8/5-13)…Before that last trip, the club had not won any of its previous 6 road trips this season that were longer than 3 games (0-5-1)…The Red Sox lead the majors with 4.05 pitches seen per PA (MIN is 2nd at 4.01)…Mike Napoli, who tops MLB with 4.48 P/PA this season, is aiming to lead the majors in that category for a 2nd straight year (4.58 in 2013)…He would be the 1st player to lead the majors in P/PA in consecutive years since Bobby Abreu in 2004 (4.32) & 2005 (4.39).

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