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Red Sox Vs. White Sox Lineup: Carl Crawford Bats Second, Daniel Nava Sits

The Red Sox will have Carl Crawford back in the lineup Monday night as they take on the Chicago White Sox in the first of a four-game set. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

Once again the Sox have had to move a producing outfielder to the bench in order to welcome back a starter returning from the disabled list. Unlike Ellsbury, however, Crawford does not have that MVP season from 2011 to convince fans that he's the better choice--especially given Nava's strong season to date and resurgent day at the plate Sunday, when he reached base three times, including once on a homer.

What Crawford does have is a long history of success before 2011, and thus plenty to hope for. While it's hard to remember, before he came to Fenway Carl had put together a couple of very strong seasons in Tampa Bay. And if they can get that Crawford, they'll find themselves a surprisingly strong team--one with one less albatross to worry about heading forward.

Boston Red Sox (45-44)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  5. Cody Ross, RF
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  8. Mike Aviles, SS
  9. Pedro Ciriaco, 2B

Chicago White Sox (49-39)

  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  3. Adam Dunn, DH
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Alex Rios, RF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Dayan Viciedo, LF
  8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

Next Game

Chicago White Sox
@ Boston Red Sox

Monday, Jul 16, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Dylan Axelrod vs Aaron Cook

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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