Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays Lineup: Ryan Lavarnway Behind The Plate For Daisuke Matsuzaka

The Red Sox will look for an all-too-rare win Saturday night as Daisuke Matsuzaka attempts to bounce back from a disaster game in Oakland.

To do so, he'll have to find a rhythm with Ryan Lavarnway behind the plate. The young call-up has been abysmal not just at the plate, but behind it as well, so that might be a case of easier said than done.

With Lavarnway behind the plate, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will sit for the day. He was removed late in last night's game with back spasms, so that could be what's keeping him out today, rather than just a managerial decision. Mike Aviles will play at DH, with Jose Iglesias getting the nod at short.

Boston Red Sox (63-76)

  1. Pedro Ciriaco, 3B
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Cody Ross, RF
  5. Mauro Gomez, 1B
  6. Ryan Lavarnway, C
  7. Mike Aviles, DH
  8. Scott Podsednik, LF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Toronto Blue Jays (62-75)

  1. Rajai Davis, LF
  2. Colby Rasmus, CF
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  4. Adam Lind, 1B
  5. Yunel Escobar, SS
  6. Kelly Johnson, 2B
  7. J.P. Arencibia, C
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria, 3B
  9. Anthony Gose, RF


Next Game

Toronto Blue Jays
@ Boston Red Sox

Saturday, Sep 8, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Aaron Laffey vs Daisuke Matsuzaka

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from right to eft field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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