Red Sox Vs. Nationals Lineups: Will Middlebrooks Returns Against Gio Gonzalez

The Red Sox will look to get back on a winning track Saturday afternoon as they take on the Washington Nationals in Fenway Park. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, the MLB Network, and WEEI.

While the Sox will not have to face the likes of Stephen Strasburg again tonight, they will come up against Gio Gonzalez, who has been just as good in his first season with the Nationals. Still, the Sox have always managed to get to Gio Gonzalez in the past when he was still inhabiting the cavernous Coliseum in Oakland. With a lineup filled with right-handed hitters--including Will Middlebrooks, who takes over at third with Adrian Gonzalez headed back to the outfield--they stand a decent chance at doing the same today.

Central focus, however, will be on the mound, not at the plate for the Red Sox, as Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his return to action one year after undergoing Tommy John Surgery.

Boston Red Sox (29-29)

  1. Daniel Nava, LF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, RF
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  7. Mike Aviles, SS
  8. Darnell McDonald, CF
  9. Kelly Shoppach, C

Washington Nationals (33-23)

  1. Steve Lombardozzi, LF
  2. Bryce Harper, RF
  3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
  4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  5. Michael Morse, DH
  6. Ian Desmond, SS
  7. Danny Espinosa, 2B
  8. Rick Ankiel, CF
  9. Jesus Flores, C


Next Game

Washington Nationals
@ Boston Red Sox

Saturday, Jun 9, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Gio Gonzalez vs Daisuke Matsuzaka

Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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