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Red Sox vs. Twins: Brock Holt starts in center field. For real.

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

No, seriously, Brock Holt, center field. It's happening.

The Red Sox will go for a series oh God what's going on why is Brock Holt is starting in center field?!

Today's Lineups

MINNESOTA TWINS BOSTON RED SOX
Danny Santana - SS Brock Holt - CF
Brian Dozier - 2B Xander Bogaerts - 3B
Joe Mauer - 1B Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Josh Willingham - LF David Ortiz - DH
Kendrys Morales - DH Mike Napoli - 1B
Oswaldo Arcia - RF Daniel Nava - RF
Kurt Suzuki - C Jonny Gomes - LF
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Stephen Drew - SS
Sam Fuld - CF David Ross - C
Phil Hughes - RHP Jon Lester - LHP

Ah, I remember Brock Holt's first game in the outfield like it was nine days ago. Because it was nine days ago. Now the utility-infielder-turned-corner-outfielder is becoming a utility-infielder-turned-corner-outfielder-turned-center-fielder, at least for the day.

So why are we tasking our least experienced outfielder with the most difficult outfield position today? Because this is the 2014 Red Sox and why not? If Jackie Bradley Jr. isn't going to be out there, then it's not like we'll be seeing a defensive showcase in center no matter what. And at this point the carnival ride that is Brock Holt's 2014 season may as well head to center. It's not like it's as major a transition as pitching or catching, and so far there's been no stopping the Holt hype train.

Really the concession here seems to be that Jonny Gomes needs to get a start sometime, and we don't face another lefty for a couple of days. Rather than just having him ride the bench five straight games, Farrell's getting him in here. With Nava looking like Nava again and Holt doing what he's done, there was no way to take either one out of the lineup right now.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

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