Thursday March 21, 2013 | 01:51 PM

The Red Sox take on the Phillies tonight at 7 p.m. (televised on NESNplus since the Bruins are on NESN).

The Phillies are throwing lefty Cole Hamels and the Red Sox lineup looks like the one they may use against left-handers during the season (except maybe the catcher and DH spots).

Tonight's Red Sox lineup: Ellsbury CF, Victorino RF, Pedroia 2B, Napoli 1B, Middlebrooks 3B, Gomes LF, Saltalamacchia C, Nava DH, Iglesias SS (Lackey P)

As we pointed out in today's notebook, manager John Farrell likes Shane Victorino batting second against lefties. Against right-handers, he may use Daniel Nava. Nava, a switch-hitter who bats better as a left-hander, is the DH today.

Likewise, the switch-hitting Saltalamacchia is a better left-hander batter. Right-handed hitting catcher David Ross may get some of those starts against left-handed pitching.

Speaking of left-handed pitching, today's column takes a look at Felix Doubront.



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