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Red Sox Vs. Orioles Lineups: Carl Crawford Takes Over DH

One night after scoring 15 runs against the Orioles' decrepit pitching staff, the Red Sox are sticking with what works, utilizing the same lineup Tuesday as they did on Monday.

The only difference comes with where they'll be playing, as the Sox will attempt to ease Carl Crawford back into things by slotting him into the lineup as the designated hitter. Jacoby Ellsbury will return to center field one night after filling that role in place of the suspended David Ortiz, with Josh Reddick moving over to left where he's spent most of the season so far.

Boston Red Sox (58-36)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. Josh Reddick, LF
  6. Carl Crawford, DH
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  8. J.D. Drew, RF
  9. Marco Scutaro, SS
The Orioles were no slouches offensively Monday either, but they'll be making a few changes. Recent call-up Matt Angle will take over for Felix Pie in left field, while Blake Davis gets the start at second base in place of Robert Andino.

Baltimore Orioles (38-55)
  1. Matt Angle, LF
  2. J.J. Hardy, SS
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Adam Jones, CF
  5. Matt Wieters, C
  6. Derrek Lee, 1B
  7. Mark Reynolds, 3B
  8. Nolan Reimold, DH
  9. Blake Davis, 2B

Pitching Matchup: Kyle Weiland (0-0, 13.50 ERA) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (3-13, 4.45 ERA)

Kyle Weiland looked good for the first inning of his Major League debut, but ran into a major road bump in the second, giving up six runs on a walk and six hits as he left the ball up in the zone and was punished for it. Unfortunately, it was this same Orioles team that did it to him back on July 10. He might be able to make some improvements--the third and fourth innings weren't quite so bad--but it does look as though Kyle Weiland may just not be ready for the Majors yet.

Jeremy Guthrie represents one of the few decent pitchers in the Orioles rotation, and he's shown it against Boston this year, throwing nine innings against the Sox, allowing just one run in the process. Of late, though, he hasn't been much better than his teammates. His ERA spiked up to 5.79 in June, and so far in July he's already allowed 16 runs in only 20 innings. Simply put: it's been ugly. If the Sox can avoid biting on the slider, they shouldn't have too much more trouble with this Orioles pitcher than any of the others. 

But so far this year, they haven't really managed to do that.