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Red Sox Vs. Twins Lineup: Nick Punto Plays Third

The Red Sox will look to snap their three-game losing streak as they take on the Minnesota Twins in the third game of a four-game series in Fenway Park. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

After a few days with Ryan Lavarnway in the lineup, the Sox will shift back to having both Kelly Shoppach and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the lineup against the right-handed Cole De Vries.

They will also be without Will Middlebrooks, who gets the day off in place of Nick Punto at third base. Punto will bat ninth, with Mike Aviles remaining in the lineup in favor of Pedro Ciriaco and batting seventh.

Boston Red Sox (53-54)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  5. Cody Ross, RF
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH
  7. Mike Aviles, SS
  8. Kelly Shoppach, C
  9. Nick Punto, 3B

Minnesota Twins (46-60)

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Ben Revere, RF
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B
  4. Justin Morneau, DH
  5. Ryan Doumit, C
  6. Darin Mastroianni, LF
  7. Brian Dozier, SS
  8. Alexi Casilla, 2B
  9. Jamey Carroll, 3B

Next Game

Minnesota Twins
@ Boston Red Sox

Saturday, Aug 4, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Cole De Vries vs Clay Buchholz

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

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