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Red Sox Vs. Nationals Lineups: Nick Punto Starts Against Jordan Zimmermann

The Red Sox will try and salvage a game from their weekend series against the Nationals as the teams go head-to-head once again in Fenway Park. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

Nick Punto will once again make his way back to the Boston lineup Sunday, this time in place of Mike Aviles at short rather than Dustin Pedroia. After starting the season on a roll, Aviles has been tailspinning, with an OPS under .700 in May and under .600 in June. While Punto has never been impressive for more than one game at a time, he at least looked better than that over his last few games as a starter.

Kevin Youkilis will also receive a day off, as the Red Sox' infield shuffle continues, with Adrian Gonzalez moving back to first and Will Middlebrooks remaining at third.

Boston Red Sox (29-30)

  1. Daniel Nava, LF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  7. Ryan Sweeney, RF
  8. Scott Podsednik, CF
  9. Nick Punto, SS

Washington Nationals (34-23)

  1. Danny Espinosa, 2B
  2. Xavier Nady, RF
  3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
  4. Michael Morse, DH
  5. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  6. Ian Desmond, SS
  7. Tyler Moore, LF
  8. Jesus Flores, C
  9. Roger Bernadina, CF

Next Game

Washington Nationals
@ Boston Red Sox

Sunday, Jun 10, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Jordan Zimmermann vs Jon Lester

Sunny. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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