Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino Return to Red Sox Lineup As Mike Napoli Sits


June 10, 2013

The Red Sox’ lineup is nearly back to full strength.

Shane Victorino is back after a day off on Sunday and Will Middlebrooks has returned after a stint on the 15-day disabled list. The only piece missing is Mike Napoli, who has a day off after finding himself in a slump for the past week. In the past six games, Napoli is 3-for-21 and without an extra-base hit.

Mike Carp, who has heated back up after a down month of May, will take Napoli’s place at first base. Carp is batting .455 in June with a 1.455 OPS. He has hit three home runs and driven in seven runs in just six starts.

Check out the starting lineups for both teams below.

Boston Red Sox (39-25)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Shane Victorino, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Daniel Nava, LF
Mike Carp, 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Stephen Drew, SS

John Lackey, RHP

Tampa Bay Rays (34-28)
Matt Joyce, RF
Ben Zobrist, 2B
Kelly Johnson, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B
James Loney, 1B
Luke Scott, DH
Desmond Jennings, CF
Jose Lobaton, C
Yunel Escobar, SS

Alex Cobb, RHP

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