Red Sox manager John Farrell said he plans to hit David Ortiz third against right-handers and Dustin Pedroia third against left-handers.
Shane Victorino would also move up to the No. 2 spot against southpaws, and Farrell indicated that Jonny Gomes could move up in the order against lefties, as well. "If I was to sketch something out, it would be David [hitting third] against right-handers and it might be Pedroia against left-handers," said Farrell. "That way it puts Victorino in the two-hole against some left-handed pitching to take advantage of his splits. The guy that obviously has a lot of production against lefties is [Jonny] Gomes as well. There's thought and variations to it, but that's one of them."