Red Sox lineup: Jonny Gomes leads off, Grady Sizemore sits

April 03, 2014 - 11:16 am
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With the Red Sox facing their first left-handed starter of the year in Orioles southpaw Wei-Yin Chen, Jonny Gomes will lead off in a game for just the third time in his career and the first time since August 26, 2007. Grady Sizemore, who played the first two games of the season, will get a day off with the Brewers set to throw three straight right-handed pitchers at the Red Sox during the weekend series in Boston and the Sox having committed to not starting Sizemore in more than three games in a row.Chen has enjoyed more success against lefties (.228/.286/.398) than righties (.270/.320/.442) in his two big league seasons, helping to explain not only the off-day for Sizemore and Gomes' place in the leadoff spot but also the presence of Xander Bogaerts in the fifth spot in the lineup, the highest he's hit in a big league game. Will Middlebrooks will bat seventh, while Jackie Bradley Jr. -- getting his first start of the year -- will play center field in Sizemore's absence and bat ninth. David Ross will be behind the plate for left-hander Felix Doubront. Ross will be hard-pressed to follow this performance. Dustin Pedroia has destroyed Chen in 21 career plate appearances, posting a .579/.619/.895 line against him. Doubront, meanwhile, has an excellent track record against Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (.118/.167/.118) but has struggled against both Chris Davis (.400/.471/.667) and Nelson Cruz (.500/.625/.667). For complete batter vs. pitcher matchups, click here. For comprehensive Red Sox coverage visit weei.com/redsox. RED SOX LINEUP Jonny Gomes, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Xander Bogaerts, SS Daniel Nava, RF Will Middlebrooks, 3B David Ross, C Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Felix Doubront, SP    

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