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Red Sox Vs. Rangers Lineups: Will Middlebrooks Sits Against Ryan Dempster

The Red Sox will look to take the series win from the Texas Rangers Tuesday night as they send Jon Lester to the mound against Ryan Dempster. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, the MLB Network, and WEEI.

Will Middlebrooks will be missing from the Red Sox lineup for the second time in four games. The reasoning behind his last absence was that the organization didn't want to risk another hamstring injury by overworking him, but it's a bit concerning to see him missing again just a couple of days later.

Nick Punto will start in his place at third base, batting ninth as Mike Aviles moves up ahead of Ryan Kalish to seventh. Otherwise it's a pretty standard lineup for the Sox against the right-handed Ryan Dempster. That means the same top-four that went 11-for-18 against Yu Darvish last night. Hopefully that means more runs tonight.

Boston Red Sox (55-55)

  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. Mike Aviles, SS
  8. Ryan Kalish, RF
  9. Nick Punto, 3B

Texas Rangers (63-45)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, CF
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  5. Nelson Cruz, RF
  6. Michael Young, DH
  7. Geovany Soto, C
  8. David Murphy, LF
  9. Mike Olt, 1B

Next Game

Texas Rangers
@ Boston Red Sox

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Ryan Dempster vs Jon Lester

Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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