Will Middlebrooks Gets Day Off, Ryan Kalish Back in Right Field Against Ryan Dempster, Rangers

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Will Middlebrooks Gets Day Off, Ryan Kalish Back in Right Field Against Ryan Dempster, RangersThe Red Sox have now won two in a row and are hoping to catch fire behind their suddenly steady offensive unit.

Jon Lester (5-9, 5.36 ERA), who has been much improved over his past two starts, will take the hill for the Sox in hopes of giving the Boston bats a chance to extend their current winning streak.

On Tuesday, Lester won't have the powerful bat of rookie Will Middlebrooks behind him, though, as the youngster gets his second night off in the past four games. Utility man Nick Punto will get the start in his place at the hot corner, although he's been ice cold getting just one hit in his last nine at bats.

Ryan Kalish gets his fourth straight start for the Sox, getting the nod in right field and hoping to capitalize on his own show of power at the plate out of the No. 8 hole on Tuesday.

The recently acquired Ryan Dempster (5-5, 2.82) will take the mound for the Rangers, seeking to turn things around after a miserable first showing when he allowed eight earned runs over 4 2/3 innings.

Check out the full lineups for both teams, below.

Rangers:
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Elvis Andrus, SS
Josh Hamilton, CF
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Nelson Cruz, RF
Young, DH
Geovany Soto, C
Daniel Murphy, LF
Mike Olt, 1B

Ryan Dempster, P

Red Sox:
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Cody Ross, DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Mike Aviles, SS
Ryan Kalish, RF
Nick Punto, 3B

Jon Lester, P

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