Palka is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs.

Palka and his .191/.276/.294 slash line against lefties will take a seat for the series opener against Jose Quintana and the Cubs. Another left-hander in Jon Lester will take the mound Saturday, leaving Palka in an undesirable position, even if he does start. Kevan Smith will bat sixth as the designated hitter Friday.

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