Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz sits, A.J. Pierzynski at DH vs. Athletics LHP Scott Kazmir

June 19, 2014 - 3:55 pm

The Red Sox rarely find occasion to give David Ortiz a day off, but Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir offered the team the impetus to let the 38-year-old sit out of the starting lineup for the sixth time this year. Ortiz has plenty of experience against the former Tampa Bay left-hander (56 plate appearances), little of it good, having hit .208 with a .321 OBP and .354 slugging mark against Kazmir. With Ortiz sitting, however, the Red Sox didn't have a natural right-handed bench option to serve as DH, given that Jonny Gomes was already slated to play left field in place of switch-hitter Daniel Nava (who hits better against righties than lefties) against a southpaw. And so, A.J. Pierzynski will serve as DH as Ortiz gets the night off. Shortstop Stephen Drew will make his first start of the year against a left-hander. David Ross will be behind the plate to catch Jake Peavy. For complete batter vs. starting pitcher histories, click here. For comprehensive Red Sox coverage, visit RED SOX LINEUP Brock Holt, RF Xander Bogaerts, 3B Dustin Pedroia, 2B Mike Napoli, 1B A.J. Pierzynski, DH Jonny Gomes, LF Stephen Drew, SS David Ross, C Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Jake Peavy, SP