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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Lineup: Another Lineup Shakeup As Aaron Cook Debuts

The Red Sox will once again shakeup their lineup as Bobby Valentine goes in search of some elusive runs to support Aaron Cook in his Red Sox debut.

The biggest change involves the leadoff spot, where Mike Aviles has fallen off to a .308 OBP after a strong start. Ryan Sweeney will take over that role now, dropping Aviles to the fifth spot behind Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz. Dustin Pedroia will move back to his customary second spot in the order, with the bottom half filled out by the typical mix of outfielders, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Will Middlebrooks.

UPDATE: Will Middlebrooks has been scratched with left hamstring tightness, which for some reason means Nick Punto will now be leading off.

Boston Red Sox (11-14)

  1. Nick Punto, 3B
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Mike Aviles, SS
  6. Ryan Sweeney, RF
  7. Cody Ross, LF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Marlon Byrd, CF

Baltimore Orioles (17-9)

  1. Eric Chavez, LF
  2. J.J. Hardy, SS
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Adam Jones, CF
  5. Matt Wieters, C
  6. Chris Davis, 1B
  7. Wilson Betemit, DH
  8. Mark Reynolds, 3B
  9. Robert Andino, 2B

Next Game

Baltimore Orioles
@ Boston Red Sox

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Jason Hammel vs Aaron Cook

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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