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Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays Lineups: Nick Punto Plays Short Against Henderson Alvarez

The Red Sox and Blue Jays will kick off their first Fenway series of the year as Felix Doubront takes on Henderson Alvarez. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

Though the Sox will presumably be out to set a standard lineup now that Kevin Youkilis is gone to Chicago, they've started with a fairly odd arrangement, including Jarrod Saltalamacchia batting cleanup despite a .713 OPS in June. Things have been better of late, however, with the catcher posting a line of .286/.412/.571 over the past week.

The Red Sox will be without Mike Aviles at short, as Nick Punto gets a rare start. While he's still sporting some pretty awful numbers for 2012, he's been amazing in his limited June at bats--a trend which will hopefully continue against Henderson Alvarez.

Boston Red Sox (38-34)

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

Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Brett Lawrie, 3B
  2. Colby Rasmus, CF
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
  5. Kelly Johnson, 2B
  6. Yunel Escobar, SS
  7. Rajai Davis, LF
  8. Ben Francisco, DH
  9. J.P. Arencibia, C

Next Game

Toronto Blue Jays
@ Boston Red Sox

Monday, Jun 25, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Henderson Alvarez vs Felix Doubront

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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