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Red Sox Vs. Athletics Lineups: Will Middlebrooks Out With Sore Hamstring

The Red Sox will be without Will Middlebrooks Monday night as they kick off their three-game series against the Oakland Athletics. First pitch is at 10:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

After leaving Sunday's game in the late-going, Will Middlebrooks will be absent from Monday's lineup with a sore hamstring, pushing Nick Punto into the starting role at least for the day. Punto will bat ninth behind Mike Aviles, who's returning after missing most of Sunday's game with an illness.

Otherwise, the Sox will stick to their typical lineup vs. right-handed pitchers against Jarrod Parker.

Boston Red Sox (42-37)

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

Oakland Athletics (38-42)

  1. Coco Crisp, DH
  2. Jemile Weeks, 2B
  3. Josh Reddick, RF
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
  5. Seth Smith, LF
  6. Derek Norris, C
  7. Brandon Moss, 1B
  8. Brandon Inge, 3B
  9. Cliff Pennington, SS

Next Game

Boston Red Sox
@ Oakland Athletics

Monday, Jul 2, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Daisuke Matsuzaka vs Jarrod Parker

Clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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