Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kelly Shoppach Back in Red Sox Lineup As Josh Beckett Prepares for Tigers

by NESN Staff

July 31, 2012

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kelly Shoppach Back in Red Sox Lineup As Josh Beckett Prepares for TigersThe trade deadline came and went on Tuesday afternoon, and the only move the Red Sox made was to acquire Diamondbacks reliever Craig Breslow. That means the likes of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kelly Shoppach and even Tuesday night's starter Josh Beckett are here for the long haul.

Now that the rumors have subsided and the deadline is long gone, it's time to get back to the product taking the field. As Beckett squares off against reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander on Tuesday, he'll have both of his catchers in the lineup to help out.

Shoppach will get his second straight start behind the plate and bats eighth, while Salty is filling in at the DH spot and hitting sixth for Boston. While the top four in the order remain the same, Cody Ross will be making a return to the field and looking to liftoff on some more high fastballs over the Green Monster.

While Beckett is likely relieved to remain with the Red Sox, he'll have his hands full with a lineup set up by the speed of Austin Jackson and packed with the power of Miguel Cabrera and Home Run Derby champ Prince Fielder.

Check out the full lineups for both sides, below.

Red Sox (52-51)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Cody Ross, RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Kelly Shoppach, C
Pedro Ciriaco, SS

Josh Beckett, RHP (5-9, 4.57)

Tigers (54-49)
Austin Jackson, CF
Quintin Berry, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B
Delmon Young, DH
Brennan Boesch, RF
Alex Avila, C
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Omar Infante, 2B

Justin Verlander, RHP (11-6, 2.60)

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