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

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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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