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Red Sox Vs. Rangers Lineups: Cody Ross Cleans Up Against Derek Holland

The Red Sox will try and recover from a disastrous loss on Tuesday night as they face off against Derek Holland and the Texas Rangers Wednesday. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and ESPN2.

After surrendering 18 runs last night, the Red Sox pitching staff just has to hope that their bats have cooled down overnight. While Josh Beckett managed eight innings of one-run ball in his last outing, it's hard to imagine the way he pitched against the Rays working against a Texas team hitting everything out of the park.

The weird twist in the lineup tonight comes with lefty Derek Holland on the mound. Despite David Ortiz' excellent numbers against lefties over the past year, Cody Ross has been bumped up to the cleanup spot. Kevin Youkilis, in turn, is bumped down to sixth. Ross has mashed lefties in his career, to be sure, but with a righty relief pitcher on the mound late, the move could prove problematic.

Boston Red Sox (4-7)

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

Texas Rangers (9-2)
  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, CF
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  5. Nelson Cruz, RF
  6. David Murphy, LF
  7. Mike Napoli, C
  8. Mitch Moreland, DH
  9. Brandon Snyder, 1B

Next Game

Texas Rangers
@ Boston Red Sox

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Derek Holland vs Josh Beckett

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.

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