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Red Sox Vs. Twins Lineups: Kelly Shoppach Catches For Josh Beckett

The Red Sox will try to make it two wins in a row as they send Josh Beckett to the mound against the Twins Tuesday night. First pitch is at 8:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, MLB Network, and WEEI.

The only change to the lineup comes behind the plate, and it's a bit aggravating. After a terrible start to the season, Jarrod Saltalamacchia has gone 6-for-9 in the last couple of games with a homer and two doubles. He will not be starting tonight, however, as Josh Beckett continues his trend of being the odd-man-out on catchers. Instead, Kelly Shoppach will be the one calling the pitches.

Of course, Kelly Shoppach has been on a roll himself in his relatively few plate appearances. But with Shoppach largely a lefty-masher and right-handed Nick Blackburn taking the mound for the Twins, it's something of a tough pill to swallow.

Boston Red Sox (5-10)

  1. Mike Aviles, SS
  2. Ryan Sweeney, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  7. Cody Ross, LF
  8. Marlon Byrd, CF
  9. Kelly Shoppach, C
Minnesota Twins (5-12)
  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Jamey Carroll, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, 1B
  4. Josh Willingham, LF
  5. Justin Morneau, DH
  6. Ryan Doumit, C
  7. Danny Valencia, 3B
  8. Chris Parmelee, RF
  9. Trevor Plouffe, 2B

Next Game

Boston Red Sox
@ Minnesota Twins

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT
Target Field

Josh Beckett vs Nick Blackburn

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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