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Red Sox lineup: With Stephen Drew out, Jonathan Diaz gets start at third base

06.29.13 at 1:38 pm ET
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With Stephen Drew going down on Friday night with a hamstring injury, the Red Sox have called up utility infielder Jonathan Diaz. Diaz has played 55 games in Triple-A Pawtucket this year, posting a .242 batting average and .350 on-base percentage.

Jonathan Diaz gets the start at third base (AP)

Jonathan Diaz gets the start at third base (AP)

Diaz is no stranger to the Sox coaching staff as he came up through the Blue Jays organization while Farrell was managing in Toronto. Prior to Saturday’s game Farrell cited the familiarity with Diaz, and his ability to play the middle-infield positions as the main reason for earning his first major league start.

Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.33) gets the start for the Red Sox. Doubront is coming off back-to-back strong starts, where he has pitched 13 innings, striking out six, walking four, allowing just two runs.

Esmil Rogers (3-3,3.46) is making his 6th career appearance, but first start against the Red Sox. In his last start, Rogers took a no-hitter into sixth inning against the Rockies and allowed just one hit after six innings. Rogers is coming off two consecutive quality starts.

Sox hitters have had limited at-bats against Rogers, but both Mike Napoli and Dustin Pedroia come into Saturday’s game with two-hits in four at-bats a piece against Rogers.

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Here is the Sox’ lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Shane Victorino RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

Mike Napoli 1B

Daniel Nava LF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Jose Iglesias SS

Jonathan Diaz 3B

Felix Doubront

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