Daniel Nava will start at first in place of Mike Napoli Monday night as the Red Sox try to work their way out of a 4-7 slump and stay above .500 in Toronto.
Boston Red Sox (10-9)
- Mookie Betts, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Hanley Ramirez, LF
- Pablo Sandoval, 3B
- Daniel Nava, 1B
- Brock Holt, RF
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
- Ryan Hanigan, C
Starting Pitcher -- Joe Kelly
Toronto Blue Jays (9-10)
Starting Pitcher -- Aaron Sanchez
Joe Kelly was the last member of Boston's rotation to produce a disaster outing when he imploded in the sixth inning of his start against the Rays. It was an especially curious turn of events given that, to that point in the game, Kelly had been absolutely cruising, fanning seven Rays and looking set to pitch into the late innings--a rare occurrence for this Red Sox team.
The good news: that makes one bad inning in 18 for Kelly. Two, really, when you consider that second inning in his first start. But still, a very positive figure for a pitcher coming into the season as a pretty big question mark.
For the Red Sox, it's as lefty-heavy a lineup as we ever get to face Aaron Sanchez, who doesn't do too well against opposite-handed hitting.
First pitch is at 6:10 p.m. (don't ask me) with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.