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Lineups and Game Notes: Red Sox Hope Unorthodox Lineup Can Snap Slump

Before today’s game, it was announced that Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day DL with a right hamstring strain; Daniel Nava was called up from Triple-A to fill his spot on the roster. With David Ortiz receiving a planned day off and Mike Napoli sitting due to an injured finger, here are the lineups for the second game of this three-game series at the Trop.

Red Sox (20-27)
1. Brock Holt (L) 3B
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
3. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
4. Mike Carp (L) 1B
5. Jonny Gomes (R) RF
6. A.J. Pierzynski (L) DH
7. Grady Sizemore (L) LF
8. David Ross (R) C
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
SP: Jake Peavy (RHP) (1-2, 4.33 ERA)

Rays (21-28)
1. David DeJesus (L) DH
2. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
3. Matt Joyce (L) RF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Brandon Guyer (R) LF
6. Desmond Jennings (R) CF
7. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
8. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
9. Jose Molina (R) C
SP: David Price (LHP) (4-4, 4.28 ERA)

Game time: 4:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN, 93.7 WEEI

Notes: The Red Sox dropped the opening game of their 5-game road trip with a 1-0 walk-off decision to the Rays at Tropicana Field...It extended Boston’s season-long losing skid to 8 games, over which the team has been outscored 38-16, and swept twice (5/16-18 vs. DET and 5/20-22 vs. TOR)…The Red Sox have lost 9 of their last 10 games, with 5 of those 9 losses by 2 runs or fewer, including three 1-run losses and three walk-off losses…Boston is now a season-low 7 games below .500 and a season-high 6.0 games back in the AL East…Boston’s current 8-game slide marks the club’s 1st losing streak longer than 3 games since dropping the final 8 games of the 2012 season...The last time the club dropped 9 in a row was 2001 (Aug. 25-Sept. 4)…The Sox and Rays today play their 5th of 19 games this season (1-3), the 2nd of 3 games in the clubs’ 2nd of 6 series against one another in 2014, 1st in Tampa.

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