Another different lineup tonight for the Red Sox...get used to this

This is fun, isn't it? Tonight's Red Sox lineup has been released:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Shane Victorino, RF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. Mike Napoli, C
5. Jonny Gomes, DH
6. Will Middlebrooks
7. Jackie Bradley Jr., LF
8. David Ross, C
9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Facing lefty Andy Pettitte, the top four batters in the order are the same as Game One, and should continue to stay that way until David Ortiz comes back. Gomes has been moved to the fifth spot in the lineup; he went 2-4 on Opening Day, and has a .364 average with one home run in 22 career at bats against Old Man Pettitte. JBJ's impressive start bumps him up to the 7th spot, but Iglesias' hot start keeps him down in the nine-hole. David Ross will get his first start with the Red Sox. I think Red Sox fans will like Ross, who has always been a great teammate and game caller, but has contributed with his bat as well in recent years. Look for the Sox to get out to another early start against Pettitte, who the starting lineup has a career .348 average against.

Ryan Dempster should be the player to watch tonight. He makes his Red Sox debut, and what better place to prove that he can handle the AL East than Yankee Stadium -- albeit against a battered lineup. No one in the Yankees' lineup has seen Dempster for more than 7 at bats, so hopefully the veteran can establish his fastball early, and work his way through the lineup with efficiency; it would be great to go into the weekend series against Toronto with a fresh bullpen.

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