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Red Sox Vs. Nationals Lineups: Will Middlebrooks Sits, Ryan Sweeney Plays Against Stephen Strasburg

The Red Sox will kick off their three-game set against the Nationals by taking on the force of nature that is Stephen Strasburg Friday night. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

With the difficult Strasburg proving even tougher against right-handed hitters, the Sox will send Will Middlebrooks to the bench for the day effectively in order to squeeze Ryan Sweeney's bat into the lineup. It's been a couple of days since the big lefty has gotten a start for the Sox, but he's hitting a solid .326/.362/.455 against right-handed pitching so far while providing strong outfield defense.

Adrian Gonzalez, meanwhile, will move back up to third against the right-handed Strasburg. He nearly had a perfect day at the plate on Thursday, only being denied by a great catch at the wall from Ryan Flaherty.

Boston Red Sox (29-28)

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

Washington Nationals (32-23)

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

Next Game

Washington Nationals
@ Boston Red Sox

Friday, Jun 8, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Stephen Strasburg vs Felix Doubront

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

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