Youkilis returns to Boston's lineup Sunday

06/24/2012 1:28 PM ET
By Grant Tunkel | Special to

After not appearing in the Red Sox's previous three games, third baseman Kevin Youkilis is in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Braves. He is batting sixth and playing third base.

Rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks is also in the lineup, batting third and serving as the designated hitter.

Youkilis has been the subject of ongoing trade rumors. He has not played since June 20 against Miami, when he went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored.

For the season, Youkilis is batting .225 with four home runs and 13 RBIs. He has played in 41 of Boston's 71 games.

Middlebrooks has excelled since his promotion from the Minor Leagues. In 40 games, he is batting .331 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs. He is tied for third on the team in long balls and tied for fifth in RBIs. comments