Grady Sizemore Leads Off For Boston Red Sox Against Milwaukee Brewers

Grady SizemoreUpdate (again): Will Middlebrooks was scratched from the Red Sox’s lineup minutes before Saturday’s game. Jonathan Herrera was inserted into the lineup at third base and batting eighth. The Red Sox’s new — and final — starting lineup for Saturday is below.

Boston Red Sox (2-2)
Grady Sizemore, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Daniel Nava, 1B
Mike Napoli, DH
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Jonny Gomes, LF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Jonathan Herrera, 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF

Clay Buchholz, RHP

Update: Mike Carp has been scratched from the Red Sox’s lineup due to low back tightness. The Boston Red Sox’s new lineup for Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers is below.

Boston Red Sox (2-2)
Grady Sizemore, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Daniel Nava, 1B
Mike Napoli, DH
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Jonny Gomes, LF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF

Clay Buchholz, RHP

Note: Mike Carp’s absence shifted Daniel Nava from left field to first base. Jonny Gomes was inserted into the lineup to play left field.

BOSTON — The Red Sox’s lineup card for Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers includes a few interesting twists.

David Ortiz is out of Boston’s lineup. Red Sox manager John Farrell said before the game that Ortiz has been dealing with some calf tightness but insisted the slugger’s absence from Saturday’s lineup is actually a “planned down day.” The Red Sox played a day game Friday after a night game Thursday — with travel from Baltimore to Boston in-between — so Farrell decided to rest his All-Star DH.

Mike Carp will get the nod at first base and Mike Napoli will assume the designated hitter duties in Ortiz’s absence. Grady Sizemore, who stole a base in Friday’s loss, will jump up into the leadoff spot as Daniel Nava slides down into Ortiz’s traditional No. 3 spot.

The Brewers also will be without their best hitter Saturday. Ryan Braun is out of the lineup because of a nagging thumb issue.

Saturday’s complete lineups are below.

Boston Red Sox (2-2)
Grady Sizemore, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Daniel Nava, LF
Mike Napoli, DH
Mike Carp, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF

Clay Buchholz, RHP

Milwaukee Brewers (2-2)
Carlos Gomez, CF
Jean Segura, SS
Jonathan Lucroy, DH
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Khris Davis, LF
Logan Schafer, RF
Mark Reynolds, 1B
Scooter Gennett, 2B
Martin Maldonado, C

Wily Peralta, RHP

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