Jacoby Ellsbury Serving as Designated Hitter, Pedro Ciriaco at Shortstop for Red Sox in Series Finale

Jacoby Ellsbury Serving as Designated Hitter, Pedro Ciriaco at Shortstop for Red Sox in Series FinaleThe Red Sox are struggling to do just about anything right now, and that uncharacteristically extends to the offense right now.

Aside from Sunday afternoon's 14-run outburst in Cleveland, the Sox have been held down on this road trip. They enter Thursday night's series finale with the Orioles having scored just 11 runs in the other five games of the trip, four of which have been losses.

A lot of the offensive issues can be traced back to the lack of clutch hits. Boston enters Thursday night just 2-for-16 with runners in this series with Baltimore alone.

Chris Tillman goes for the Orioles in the finale. He's 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in two career starts against the Red Sox. Clay Buchholz gets the ball for the Red Sox.

Here is the lineup the Red Sox will use to try and solve those problems, for one night at least.

Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, DH
Carl Crawford, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Cody Ross, RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Nick Punto, 3B
Pedro Ciriaco, SS
Scott Podsednik, CF

Clay Buchholz, P

Orioles
Nick Markakis, RF
J.J. Hardy, SS
Nate McLouth, LF
Adam Jones, F
Matt Wieters, C
Chris Davis, DH
Mark Reynolds, 1B
Manny Machado, 3B
Omar Quintanilla, 2B

Chris Tillman, P

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