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Red Sox Vs. Mariners Lineups: Jarrod Saltalamacchia Bats Cleanup Against Felix Hernandez

The Boston Red Sox are out to start their West Coast schedule on a positive note Thursday night, as they send Franklin Morales to the mound against the Seattle Mariners and perennial Cy Young candidate Felix Hernandez. First pitch is at 10:10 p.m. EST, with broadcasts by NESN and WEEI.

It's becoming more and more clear that Bobby Valentine intends to use a platoon to fill the cleanup spot for the time being. With Adrian Gonzalez only just now really beginning to find his form again, Kevin Youkilis gone to Chicago, and Will Middlebrooks an inexperienced rookie, Valentine has been turning to Cody Ross against left-handed pitchers, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia against righties.

Tonight, with the right-handed Hernandez on the mound, it will be Saltalamacchia's turn to take the big at bats after the top three. So far, that's worked out just fine for the up-and-coming catcher, who has responded with a 1.021 OPS in his limited appearances in the fourth spot.

Whether or not Saltalamacchia--or anyone else in the Red Sox lineup, for that matter--can produce against the likes of Felix Hernandez tonight is another matter entirely.

Boston Red Sox (40-35)

  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. Mike Aviles, SS

Seattle Mariners (32-45)

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  3. Kyle Seager, 3B
  4. Jesus Montero, DH
  5. Casper Wells, LF
  6. Justin Smoak, 1B
  7. Miguel Olivo, C
  8. Dustin Ackley, 2B
  9. Brendan Ryanm, SS

Next Game

Boston Red Sox
@ Seattle Mariners

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT

Franklin Morales vs Felix Hernandez

Cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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