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Red Sox Vs. Blue Jays Lineups: Jacoby Ellsbury Drops Against Carlos Villanuva

The Red Sox will mix up their lineup for the final game of their series against the Jays, hoping that a new look will give them different results and help them to dodge the sweep. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

The "new look," however, doesn't look very good. Ryan Kalish leads off with a .260 OBP--a horrendous mark, even if he has been better of late--with Scott Podsednik second, dropping Jacoby Ellsbury all the way down to sixth in the order given his recent struggles.

Like every other lineup we've seen, it's almost certainly all about Bobby trying to make the lineup feel deeper--to provide something beyond 2-4. The problem is that just may not be possible with the active roster being what it is.

Boston Red Sox (63-77)

  1. Ryan Kalish, RF
  2. Scott Podsednik, LF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. James Loney, 1B
  5. Cody Ross, DH
  6. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  7. Mike Aviles, SS
  8. Ryan Lavarnway, C
  9. Pedro Ciriaco, 3B

Toronto Blue Jays (63-75)

  1. Brett Lawrie, 3B
  2. Colby Rasmus, CF
  3. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  4. Adam Lind, 1B
  5. Rajai Davis, LF
  6. Anthony Gose, RF
  7. Jeff Mathis, C
  8. Omar Vizquel, 2B
  9. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

Next Game

Toronto Blue Jays
@ Boston Red Sox

Sunday, Sep 9, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT
Fenway Park

Carlos Villanueva vs Clay Buchholz

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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