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Red Sox Vs. Rangers Lineups: Sox Go Righty-Heavy Against Matt Harrison

The Red Sox are out for a series win Wednesday afternoon as they finish up their series against the Texas Rangers with a matinee game in Fenway Park. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

After becoming a pinch-hit hero Tuesday, albeit in a loss, Will Middlebrooks will slot back in to the sixth spot in the lineup. He'll be followed by Ryan Lavarnway, getting the start in the DH spot, and Kelly Shoppach, taking over behind the plate.

The one exception to the typical rule will be having Pedro Ciriaco bat ninth, playing shortstop in place of lefty-masher Mike Aviles.

Boston Red Sox (55-56)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  5. Cody Ross, RF
  6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  7. Ryan Lavarnway, DH
  8. Kelly Shoppach, C
  9. Pedro Ciriaco, SS

Texas Rangers (64-45)

  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. David Murphy, LF
  8. Geovany Soto, C
  9. Mitch Moreland, 1B

Next Game

Texas Rangers
@ Boston Red Sox

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Matt Harrison vs Josh Beckett

Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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