Rusney Castillo is back in the lineup Sunday night as the Sox try to give their ridiculous series against the Mariners a fitting finale.
|SEATTLE MARINERS||BOSTON RED SOX|
|Ketel Marte - SS||Mookie Betts - CF|
|Kyle Seager - 3B||Brock Holt - 3B|
|Nelson Cruz - RF||Xander Bogaerts - SS|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||David Ortiz - DH|
|Franklin Gutierrez - LF||Rusney Castillo - RF|
|Austin Jackson - CF||Travis Shaw - 1B|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Blake Swihart - C|
|Jesus Montero - 1B||Josh Rutledge - 2B|
|Mike Zunino - C||Jackie Bradley - LF|
|Vidal Nuno - LHP||Henry Owens - LHP|
That fitting finale is certainly easier said than done, given that the Red Sox have scored 37 runs in the first two games. Even 10 would pale in comparison to either game, and even if Vidal Nuno has spent most of this season in the bullpen, I wouldn't put money on any team reaching that total in any given game unless Justin Masterson was on the mound.
It's interesting that Jackie Bradley Jr. is still batting ninth despite his ridiculous performance on Saturday actually leaving him with one of the best batting lines on the team this season. If he keeps this up, a move would certainly be warranted, but the Sox might well choose to leave him ninth all the same for the rest of the year. After all, batting orders aren't terribly important when wins and losses aren't terribly important (and, to some extent, even when they are), and even if moving him from ninth isn't likely to throw him off, the possibility exists, and is best avoided.
First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.
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