Red Sox Look for Sixth Win in a Row With Powerful Lineup Behind Jon Lester

by abournenesn

Apr 28, 2012

Red Sox Look for Sixth Win in a Row With Powerful Lineup Behind Jon LesterA Red Sox lineup designed to take no prisoners is finally finding its form, leading Boston to five straight wins on its road trip into the Midwest.

The Red Sox will look to continue that Saturday night with a third win against the Chicago White Sox.

Kevin Youkilis and Jarrod Saltalamacchia have found their strokes at last on this trip, with Youkilis mashing a grand slam and Saltalamacchia adding a couple of homers of his own in back-to-back 10-3 wins over the White Sox.

They join Mike Aviles, who has been on fire from the leadoff spot, and David Ortiz, who leads the American League in batting average at .425.

The rest of the lineup is no slouch, either, and that's good news for Jon Lester. He could use some firepower behind him after giving up 12 earned runs over his last two starts.

Lester's last outing — against Minnesota on Monday — was better, as he went seven innings, but he's still a bit off the form he showed earlier this season (not to mention in past years). A strong start by him on Saturday could go a long way to keeping the starting rotation clicking and helping the bullpen get some rest.

The White Sox start one of their best Saturday. Jake Peavy is 3-0 this season with just a 1.88 ERA. He pitched a complete-game three-hitter shutout his last time out and has gone six innings in all four of his starts so far this year.

Here are the complete lineups for Saturday night's game in Chicago.

Red Sox (9-10)

Mike Aviles, SS
Ryan Sweeney, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Cody Ross, LF
Marlon Byrd, CF

Jon Lester, P

White Sox (10-10)

Alejandro De Aza, CF
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Adam Dunn, DH
Paul Konerko, 1B
Alex Rios, RF
Dayan Viciedo, LF
Tyler Flowers, C
Brent Morel, 3B
Gordon Beckham, 2B

Jake Peavy, P

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