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Red Sox vs. Yankees: Allen Craig debuts, Yoenis Cespedes must wait

Allen Craig is in, but Yoenis Cespedes is out against the New York Yankees.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Craig is set to make his Red Sox debut, but at least for now it seems Yoenis Cespedes' will have to wait as the Red Sox play their first post-deadline game against the New York Yankees.

Today's Lineups

Brett Gardner - LF Brock Holt - RF
Derek Jeter - SS Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF David Ortiz - DH
Mark Teixeira - 1B Mike Napoli - 1B
Carlos Beltran - DH Allen Craig - LF
Brian McCann - C Xander Bogaerts - SS
Chase Headley - 3B Will Middlebrooks - 3B
Stephen Drew - 2B David Ross - C
Ichiro Suzuki - RF Mookie Betts - CF
Chris Capuano - LHP Anthony Ranaudo - RHP

Yes, that's Mookie Betts batting ninth. He's back now, with Mike Carp designated for assignment in case you missed it.

So why no Cespedes? Just a matter of logistics at the moment. It can take a while to get from one side of the country to the other, leading the Red Sox to leave him out of the lineup, at least for now. That all might change before game time, but with the team 24 hours removed from their fire sale, there's not really much urgency at play here.

We'll get our first look at how well the Monster hides Craig's defensive deficiencies, or at least we might. A lot of that could depend on how well Anthony Ranaudo fares on the mound tonight. The jump from Triple-A to the majors is always a big one, but for Ranaudo in particular a positive debut would go a long way towards settling questions about his repertoire. And a negative start...well, it might not give Craig much of an opportunity, let's just say.

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