The Red Sox' third game against Los Angeles will come a good 21 hours after it was initially scheduled, but that hasn't inspired any changes in the lineup, with John Farrell slating the same nine behind Eduardo Rodriguez as he had on Sunday.
|BOSTON RED SOX||LOS ANGELES ANGELS|
|Mookie Betts - CF||Johnny Giavotella - 2B|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Kole Calhoun - RF|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||Mike Trout - CF|
|David Ortiz - DH||Albert Pujols - DH|
|Hanley Ramirez - LF||Erick Aybar - SS|
|Pablo Sandoval - 3B||David Freese - 3B|
|Mike Napoli - 1B||C.J. Cron - 1B|
|Shane Victorino - RF||Chris Iannetta - C|
|Ryan Hanigan - C||Dan Robertson - LF|
|Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP||Hector Santiago - LHP|
With no changes made, last night's commentary pretty much stands for today. Napoli's no good, but neither was anyone else in these first two games back from the break, and Eduardo Rodriguez staying good is still one of the more important things to watch for in the second half. The only difference, presumably, is that the presence of Ryan Hanigan means he won't be around for the nightcap, but hey, Blake Swihart is back, so that's not exactly a bad thing, anyways.
The only difference is that we're looking at a worst-case baseball scheduling scenario: the West Coast doubleheader. Starting at 5:00 p.m. In a better year, well, it might be a worthwhile sacrifice. In 2015, though? This is a gauntlet of baseball for only the truly faithful or, perhaps, foolish.
For those more sane, let's just pretend this is a strange 5:00 Monday start with nothing following it. You even get the Eduardo Rodriguez start to boot!
First pitch is at...well, 5:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.
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