Red Sox Pack Lineup With Lefties Against A.J. Burnett With David Ortiz and Jeremy Hermida


May 9, 2010

David Ortiz and Jeremy Hermida are back in the Red Sox' lineup for the finale of a three-game set against the New York Yankees on Sunday.

As has been the case for some time now, Ortiz gave way to Mike Lowell at designated hitter with left-hander CC Sabathia on the mound Saturday. Ortiz will be tested against A.J. Burnett, who throws heat, something the Sox slugger has struggled to catch up with this year.

Ortiz is 9-for-36 (.250) with three home runs and 12 strikeouts in his career against Burnett.

Victor Martinez has the best average among Red Sox starters against the Yankees' righty, going 6-for-19 (.316) with a home run. Dustin Pedroia is 8-for-28 (.286) with a pair of home runs and nine walks against just two strikeouts.

Hermida, who also sat against Sabathia, is 0-for-2 with a walk vs. Burnett.

New York welcomes back Jorge Posada to the lineup. He will DH and bat sixth after missing four straight games with a calf injury. Robinson Cano, who left Friday's game after taking a Josh Beckett pitch off his knee, is back at second base after serving as the DH on Saturday.

Few Yankees have good numbers against Red Sox starter Jon Lester. Shortstop Derek Jeter is the one exception. He is 10-for-27 (.370) in his career against the lefty, although all 10 hits have been singles.

Here are the complete lineups for both teams:

Red Sox
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Victor Martinez C
Kevin Youkilis 1B
J.D. Drew RF
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Darnell McDonald CF

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Marcus Thames LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF

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