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Friday, April 25, 2014
Sox lineup: Middlebrooks back at third


Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks returns to the lineup Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays after a 15-day stint on the DL with a strained calf. He'll replace Brock Holt, who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday after hitting .400 with a .458 on-base percentage in 24 plate appearances.

Also, Shane Victorino, who went 1-for-5 in his season debut on Thursday against the Yankees, is back in right field and batting second.

Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy (2-2, 3.33 ERA) is on the mound against Blue Jays ace Mark Buehrle (4-0, 0.64 ERA).

Here are the lineups:

Red Sox (10-13)
1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. Shane Victorino, RF
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Napoli, 1B
5. Jonny Gomes, LF
6. Xander Bogaerts, SS
7. A.J. Pierzynski, C
8. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Jake Peavy, RHP

Blue Jays:
Toronto Blue Jays (11-11)
1. Jose Reyes, SS
2. Melky Cabrera, LF
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
5. Dioner Navarro, C
6. Juan Francisco, DH
7. Brett Lawrie, 3B
8. Colby Rasmus, CF
9. Ryan Goins, 2B
Mark Buehrle, LHP