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Ben Whitehead
Contributing Writer

Offense and pitching came together for an outstanding 7-0 win by the Boston Red Sox over the San Francisco Giants. Jon Lester went 8.1 innings of shutout ball before giving way to Brandon Workman, who stranded runners on first and second to close out the game.

It was a good way to rebound from a disappointing past 10 games, in which the Red Sox went 3-7, including losing a series to the Yankees for the first time this season. Boston looks to get a second win by the Bay when it sends Jake Peavy to the hill against the Giants (55-69). Peavy is 9-5 overall with a 4.41 ERA, but just 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA with the Sox in three starts. He suffered his first loss in a Boston uniform in his last outing.

Here is the lineup for the Red Sox tonight (first pitch – 10:15 pm EDT):

1. Ellsbury, CF
2. Victorino, RF
3. Pedroia, 2B
4. Carp, 1B
5. Middlebrooks, 3B
6. Nava, LF
7. Bogaerts, SS
8. Ross, C
9. Peavy, P

The Red Sox will face Ryan Vogelsong, who has only made 11 appearances this year and is 2-4 with a 6.75 ERA. Vogelsong will make his third start since returning from a broken right hand that he suffered while batting against the Nationals May 20.

Xander Time
As noted in the lineup above, Xander Bogaerts, the highly-touted Sox prospect, will make his Major League Debut at shortstop tonight. Bogaerts is batting seventh, a respectable spot for a 20-year-old.

Other lineup changes
Mike Carp is playing first base, in place of Mike Napoli, who is still injured, and David Ortiz, who is taking the night off in a National League park during this Interleague Series. Napoli is anticipating making a return to the lineup Wednesday, but his Plantar Fasciitis in his left foot may keep him out a little longer. Carp is batting clean-up…Behind Carp is Will Middlebrooks, who has been moved up the lineup following a sweltering start since being recalled. Middlebrooks is 12 for his last 27 with a homer and five RBI, including driving in the first run of the game Monday night…Lastly, David Ross returns from a concussion injury that has kept him out for much of the season. Ross was batting .185 with four home runs in 65 at-bats through 23 games to start the year.

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Ben Whitehead 8/20/2013 08:00:00 PM Edit
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