Ryan Hanigan is back in the lineup and behind the plate for the Boston Red Sox as they try to rebound from Rick Porcello's disaster and take a series win from the Jays.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Mookie Betts - CF||Jose Reyes - SS|
|Brock Holt - 2B||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||Jose Bautista - RF|
|David Ortiz - DH||Edwin Encarnacion - DH|
|Hanley Ramirez - LF||Chris Colabello - 1B|
|Pablo Sandoval - 3B||Russell Martin - C|
|Mike Napoli - 1B||Danny Valencia - LF|
|Alejandro De Aza - RF||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Ryan Hanigan - C||Devon Travis - 2B|
|Wade Miley - LHP||Matt Boyd - LHP|
It will be interesting to see just how the catching duties are divided with Hanigan back. For now, it seems both Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart remain with the big league team, with Jonathan Aro the sacrifice made to roster space. That could have some concerning implications, but as far as we know this is a short-term situation that will change before next week.
For now, Hanigan will slot in ninth, with Alejandro De Aza in right field and Jackie Bradley Jr. the odd man out. That situation, too, will be interesting to watch. It doesn't seem like Bradley has really had a chance to prove himself one way or the other this last time up, and now that playing time is vanishing with the return of Hanley Ramirez, one wonders whether that window will open again anytime soon, particularly with Shane Victorino's return also imminent.
First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.