Jim Leyland’s lineup shuffle worked for the Tigers in Game 4. The Red Sox are considering a shuffling of their own for tonight’s Game 5 to jumpstart a stagnant offense.
With third baseman Will Middlebrooks (1 for 10 in this series) and shortstop Stephen Drew (1 for 13) slumping badly in the ALCS, rookie Xander Bogaerts could draw a start tonight. Middlebrooks seems like the most likely candidate to take a seat, considering Stephen Drew is a left-handed hitter facing a right-handed starter in Anibal Sanchez.
"I haven't made a decision about tomorrow," manager John Farrell said Wednesday night. "But given the way the left side of the infield ... we're struggling a little bit to get production out of that side. So it's something that's being considered, for sure."
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