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Red Sox Vs. Twins Lineup: Jacoby Ellsbury, Will Middlebrooks Back

The Red Sox are out to dodge a sweep at the hands of the Minnesota Twins as Franklin Morales returns to the rotation against Nick Blackburn. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

The Sox will have both Will Middlebrooks and Jacoby Ellsbury back in the lineup after the pair missed Saturday's game with a scheduled day off and a minor leg issue respectively. Ellsbury is back in his traditional leadoff spot, while Will Middlebrooks bats seventh and plays third.

Ryan Kalish will remain in the lineup despite the return of Ellsbury, playing right field while Cody Ross plays DH. This means that an injury in the outfield could be big trouble for the Sox, who aren't carrying a fifth outfielder at the moment.

Boston Red Sox (53-55)

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

Minnesota Twins (47-60)

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


Next Game

Minnesota Twins
@ Boston Red Sox

Sunday, Aug 5, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Nick Blackburn vs Franklin Morales

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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