Nava Batting Third, DH-ing For Red Sox With Ortiz Out
BOSTON (CBS) – With David Ortiz expected to miss a few days with an Achilles injury, Bobby Valentine is using the DH spot to get some of his outfielders some more playing time.
Daniel Nava will be Boston’s DH Tuesday night, batting third against the White Sox. It is the first time in his career he is batting third in the order.
Carl Crawford will once again bat out of the two-spot for Boston, after going 1-for-3 with two runs scored in his 2012 debut Monday night.
With Nava — a switch hitter — batting third, Boston could feature another lineup with four straight lefties at the top.
Here is the full Red Sox lineup for Tuesday night:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Daniel Nava, DH
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
7. Ryan Sweeney, RF
8. Mike Aviles, SS
9. Pedro Ciriaco, 2B
Jon Lester (5-6, 4.49 ERA) toes the rubber for Boston Tuesday night, and will be opposed by right-hander Phillip Humber (3-4, 6.01 ERA).
Adrian Gonzalez will look to continue his hot streak, as he was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Monday night’s 5-1 win over Chicago. Gonzalez has now hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games, batting .384 in that span. He has been even better with runners in scoring position, going 11-for-22 the last 21 games.