24 hours ago, Blake Swihart was probably thinking about what he'd be doing for dinner after Pawtucket's game Saturday afternoon. Now he's batting ninth and starting behind the plate against Nathan Eovaldi and the New York Yankees in Fenway Park.
No pressure. But a loss does leave the Red Sox back at .500, so...a little pressure. Some.
Boston Red Sox (12-11)
- Mookie Betts, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Hanley Ramirez, LF
- Pablo Sandoval, 3B
- Mike Napoli, 1B
- Brock Holt, RF
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
- Blake Swihart, C
Starting Pitcher -- Wade Miley
New York Yankees (14-9)
Starting Pitcher -- Nathan Eovaldi
Making things even more difficult for Swihart is that he has Boston's most troubled starting pitcher to corral in Wade Miley. And man, in this rotation, that's really saying something. Miley has, in his own words, "pitched like [expletive]," and while for once Boston's bullpen is not so completely worn down that we'd be looking at position players on the mound if he were to do so again, the Red Sox would also like a chance to actually, I dunno, win this game, which relies on Miley not surrendering seven runs before the third inning is over as he's done in half of his starts thus far.
At least the Yankees count as one of his conquests. His first, in fact, if you're generous enough to call five innings of two-run ball a conquest. It's not exactly a lockdown outing, but it was enough for the Red Sox to eke out a 6-5 win in New York. They'll take the same in Fenway every time if it leads to that W.
First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and the MLB Network.
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