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Farrell stacks lineup with lefties vs. Morrow

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TORONTO -- The Red Sox stacked their lineup with left-handed bats for Saturday's contest against Blue Jays righty Brandon Morrow.

That meant Mike Napoli, who entered the contest with a team-leading .307 average and .402 on-base percentage, as well as Xander Bogaerts and Jonny Gomes were given the day off.

"At least in the last year-plus, lefties have taken some better swings against [Morrow]," manager John Farrell said.

Entering Saturday, lefties have hit .283/.353/.543 against Morrow this season, which is significantly better than the .200/.273/.333 mark right-handers have compiled. In 2012, it was much of the same, as lefties had an OPS .300 points higher than righties vs. the hard-throwing Morrow.

Mike Carp received the start at first base, Jonathan Herrera was penciled in as the shortstop and Grady Sizemore was in left field.

Chris Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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