- Gordon Edes, Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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This is the first time this season that Nava has hit in the 5-hole, with manager John Farrell saying he wanted to slide a left-handed bat between the two righties. He also acknowledged that he wanted to break up a 4-5-6 (Napoli, Middlebrooks, Saltalamacchia) that had combined to whiff 36 times in 107 at-bats.
Here's today's lineup for Red Sox-Rays at Fenway (Clay Buchholz vs. Alex Cobb):Jacoby Ellsbury, CFShane Victorino, RFDustin Pedroia, 2BMike Napoli, 1BDaniel Nava, DHWill Middlebrooks, 3BStephen Drew, SSJarrod Saltalamacchia, CJackie Bradley Jr.