Jed Lowrie Gets Start at Shortstop, Jason Varitek Batting Cleanup As Red Sox Take on Tigers

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LAKELAND, Fla. — Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford will bat back-to-back again when the Red Sox face the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday at Joker Marchant Stadium.

The pair of burners hit consecutively a few times earlier in the spring. Both were removed rather early from the club's 2-1 win over New York on Monday night in order to rest for the long bus trip north.

J.D. Drew is hitting third for the first time this spring, followed by Jason Varitek in the cleanup role.

Jed Lowrie gets a start at shortstop and bats in the middle of the order.

Here is the complete lineup in support of Daisuke Matsuzaka, followed by that of the Tigers, including former Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez:

Boston

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. J.D. Drew, RF
4. Jason Varitek, C
5. Jed Lowrie, SS
6. Darnell McDonald, DH
7. Lars Anderson, 1B
8. Yamaico Navarro, 3B
9. Nate Spears, 2B

Detroit

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Ryan Raburn, LF
3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Brandon Inge, 3B
8. Scott Sizemore, 2B
9. Alex Avila, C

 

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