Brock Holt Leads Off, Mike Napoli Returns To Red Sox’s Lineup Vs. Rays


Mike NapoliBrock Holt is back at leadoff, as the Boston Red Sox look to spark their offense.

Holt will get things started for a struggling Red Sox lineup that welcomes back slugger Mike Napoli, who missed the last two games with flu-like symptoms. Red Sox manager John Farrell is looking to try something new, as his lineup has mustered just 16 runs during their current seven-game losing streak. John Lackey will try to play the role of stopper for the reeling Red Sox.

Napoli will bat fifth, with A.J. Pierzynski hitting sixth. Pierzynski, who received a rare start with Jon Lester on the mound Thursday, is back behind the dish Friday.

Rays right-hander Chris Archer will try to keep the Red Sox slumping while helping his own struggling squad gain some positive momentum. Tampa Bay had lost four in a row before Thursday’s 5-2 win over the Oakland Athletics, otherwise known as the best team in baseball.

Check out the full lineups for both teams below.

Red Sox (20-26)
Brock Holt, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Shane Victorino, RF
Grady Sizemore, LF
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

John Lackey, RHP (5-3, 4.01)

Rays (20-28)
David DeJesus, DH
Evan Longoria, 3B
Matt Joyce, LF
Wil Myers, RF
James Loney, 1B
Desmond Jennings, CF
Sean Rodriguez, 2B
Yunel Escobar, SS
Ryan Hannigan, C

Chris Archer, RHP (3-2, 4.59)

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