So...there's some rain going on in the Baltimore area. Big, game-endangering rain.
If, however, the rain permits, we will have Red Sox vs. Orioles, and Jose Iglesias won't be starting.
Now, John Farrell said Iglesias needed just two days a week. But right now it is surprising to see him getting this much of the short end of the rotation stick. This will make three-of-four games started by Drew and Middlebrooks.
Perhaps the idea is to get this all sorted out as soon as possible? Give Will Middlebrooks a chance to start hitting, and if either he or Stephen Drew fails convincingly, make the switch to Iglesias semi-permanent, rather than dancing around the issue for the rest of the season. Otherwise, it's surprising to see Farrell go so far away from the hot hand.
Boston Red Sox (41-26)
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Shane Victorino, RF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Mike Napoli, 1B
- Daniel Nava, LF
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Will Middlebrooks, 3B
- Stephen Drew, SS
Starting Pitcher -- Felix Doubront
Baltimore Orioles (37-29)
- Nate McLouth, LF
- Manny Machado, 3B
- Nick Markakis, RF
- Adam Jones, CF
- Chris Davis, 1B
- Matt Wieters, C
- J.J. Hardy, SS
- Danny Valencia, DH
- Ryan Flaherty, 2B
Starting Pitcher -- Kevin Gausman
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