Red Sox ALDS Game 3 Lineup: Nava Set For Playoff Debut

BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox look to clinch a spot in the ALCS Monday night and sweep the Tampa Bay Rays out of the ALDS.

After taking Games 1 and 2 at Fenway in convincing fashion, the Red Sox will change their lineup a bit with a right-hander on the mound for Tampa. Daniel Nava is set to make his playoff debut, batting sixth and taking over for Jonny Gomes in left field.

The 30-year-old Nava hit .322 with 10 home runs against righties this season and has four hits and three RBIs in 14 career at-bats against Tampa starter Alex Cobb.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be back behind the plate after getting Saturday night off for Boston. He is a career 2-for-10 against Cobb with a double and four walks.

On the mound for the Red Sox is Clay Buchholz, who has a career 2.26 ERA at Tropicana Field — the best among active pitches with at least nine that many starts.

READ: Buchholz Gets Ball As Sox Go For Sweep

Here are the full lineups for the Red Sox and Rays:

Red Sox

1. Ellsbury, CF

2. Victorino, RF

3. Pedroia, 2B

4. Ortiz, DH

5. Napoli, 1B

6. Nava, LF

7. Saltalamacchia, C

8. Drew, SS

9. Middlebrooks, 3B

— Buchholz, SP


1. DeJesus, LF

2. Zobrist, 2B

3. Longoria, 3B

4. Myers, RF

5. Loney, 1B

6. Jennings, CF

7. Joyce, DH

8. Escobar, SS

9. Molina, C

— Cobb, SP


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