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Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz sits, A.J. Pierzynski at DH vs. Athletics LHP Scott Kazmir

06.19.14 at 7:55 pm ET

The Red Sox rarely find occasion to give David Ortiz a day off, but Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir offered the team the impetus to let the 38-year-old sit out of the starting lineup for the sixth time this year. Ortiz has plenty of experience against the former Tampa Bay left-hander (56 plate appearances), little of it good, having hit .208 with a .321 OBP and .354 slugging mark against Kazmir.

With Ortiz sitting, however, the Red Sox didn’t have a natural right-handed bench option to serve as DH, given that Jonny Gomes was already slated to play left field in place of switch-hitter Daniel Nava (who hits better against righties than lefties) against a southpaw. And so, A.J. Pierzynski will serve as DH as Ortiz gets the night off. Shortstop Stephen Drew will make his first start of the year against a left-hander. David Ross will be behind the plate to catch Jake Peavy.

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Brock Holt, RF

Xander Bogaerts, 3B

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

Mike Napoli, 1B

A.J. Pierzynski, DH

Jonny Gomes, LF

Stephen Drew, SS

David Ross, C

Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Jake Peavy, SP

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