Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/20/13
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5:30 p.m.: Jarrod Saltalamacchia will finally get to take a load off. Saltalamacchia, who played all 18 innings of Tuesday’s doubleheader and then started again on Wednesday, will get the night off as Ryan Lavarnway gets the start. Lavarnway was called up between Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday after David Ross was placed on the seven-day concussion list. As the whole left side of the infield situation continues to unfold, it’ll be Will Middlebrooks and Jose Iglesias in the starting lineup on Thursday. They’ll play third base and shortstop, respectively. Thursday’s complete lineups are below. Red Sox (44-30) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF Ryan Lavarnway, C Will Middlebrooks, 3B Jose Iglesias, SS John Lackey, RHP (4-5, 3.08 ERA) Tigers (39-31) Austin Jackson, CF Torii Hunter, RF Miguel Cabrera, 3B Prince Fielder, 1B Victor Martinez, DH Jhonny Peralta, SS Matt Tuiasosopo, LF Omar Infante, 2B Brayan Pena, C Jose Alvarez, RHP (1-0, 1.50 ERA) 8 a.m. ET: Well, that was a weird homestand. After three games in two days, the Red Sox now head back out on the road to try to tame the Tigers. Much of New England’s focus was on the Bruins on Wednesday night. It’s a good thing, because the Red Sox were unable to build on Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep in their series finale against the Rays. The Red Sox’ bats were held in check, and Ryan Dempster once again walked away the loser despite keeping Boston in the game. His record fell to 4-8, although the offense definitely shoulders a lot of the blame in many of his starts. On Thursday, it’ll be John Lackey who looks to get Boston back on track. He’ll have his hands full, though, as the Tigers’ offense is explosive. Detroit enters Thursday’s series opener ranked among the league’s best in most offensive categories. The Tigers are first in batting average (.281), first in on-base percentage (.348), fourth in slugging percentage (.427) and fifth in runs (346). Lackey will go up against Jose Alvarez as both teams try to flex their American League muscle. The action kicks off at 7:08 p.m. Tune in on NESN, and keep it right here for some additional commentary and analysis.
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