Red Sox In Miami: Gonzalez In Right, Ortiz At First
BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox are back in a National League Park Monday night, which means it’s back to playing musical chairs with the lineup.
Boston opens a three-game set with the Marlins in Miami Monday night, with Adrian Gonazalez taking right field to allow David Ortiz to play first base. Across the diamond, Kevin Youkilis will get the start at third.
That means rookie Will Middlebrooks will get the evening off. In seven games in June, Middlebrooks is batting just .238 with one RBI.
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For Gonzalez, Monday night will be his 13th time playing right field this season. He is hitting .302 (13-for-43) with a home run, three doubles and six RBI in games he’s started in the outfield. It will be Ortiz’ third game at first this season.
Here is the full Red Sox lineup for Monday night:
Scott Podsednik, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B.
Adrian Gonzalez, RF
David Ortiz, 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Ryan Sweeney, CF
Mike Aviles, SS
Josh Beckett will be on the hill for Boston in his first-ever start against the only other team he played for. Beckett was drafted by the Marlins second overall in 1999, and spent five big-league seasons with the then Florida Marlins. Beckett earned MVP honors in the 2003 World Series when Florida triumphed over the New York Yankees.
Beckett will be opposed by right-hander Josh Johsnon (3-4, 4.56 ERA) for Miami.
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This will be the Red Sox’ first trip to the Marlins new stadium, and first time playing the Marlins in Florida since 2006. The Sox hold a 15-9 advantage in their all-time series with the Marlins, including a 6-3 mark in Florida.