Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/14/13
2:04 p.m.: The final lineup card of the first half has been posted, and it looks like some regular starters will enjoy an extended All-Star break. Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia are all out of the lineup for the Red Sox on Sunday. Victorino has been banged up of late, and Saltalamacchia will get the day off with the day game after a night game. Jonny Gomes will join the outfield with Victorino out. He’ll play left field and bat fifth, while Daniel Nava will shift over to right field and bat second. Mike Carp will start in place of Napoli at first base and bat sixth, while Lavarnway will catch and bat seventh. Sunday’s complete lineup is below. Red Sox (58-38) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Daniel Nava, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Jonny Gomes, LF Mike Carp, 1B Ryan Lavarnway, C Brock Holt, 3B Jose Iglesias, SS Brandon Workman, RHP (0-0, 13.50 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: Can you believe that the first half of the season is already about to be over? One game separates the Red Sox and the All-Star break, and what a first half it has been for Boston. The Red Sox have certainly exceeded expectations, as they hold the American League’s best record and enter Sunday’s first-half finale with a 3 1/2-game lead in the AL East. Boston’s 58 wins are the most before the All-Star break in franchise history. The Red Sox will need a bounce-back effort Sunday to ensure that they close out the first half on a positive note. The Red Sox’ offense had an off night Saturday, as Boston couldn’t muster up a run against A.J. Griffin and Grant Balfour. The Sox had some chances, but they couldn’t produce the timely hits that had been a staple of their four-game winning streak, and the Athletics rolled to a 3-0 victory. Sunday’s rubber match will feature a very unique pitching matchup, as rookie Brandon Workman will go up against 40-year-old Bartolo Colon. Workman is making his first big league start, while Colon will be appearing in his 400th career game. Don’t let Colon’s age fool you, though. Although he looked washed up with the Red Sox in 2008, Colon has since rebounded, and he enters Sunday’s start with 12 wins and another All-Star selection to his credit. Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Be sure to tune in on NESN, and keep it right here with NESN.com’s live blog as we close the book on the first half.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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