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Red Sox vs. Indians lineups: Many men missing

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Are...are we getting trolled?

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox have an...unusual lineup set to take the field Wednesday night against the Indians:


CLEVELAND INDIANS BOSTON RED SOX
Jason Kipnis - 2B Alejandro De Aza - LF
Francisco Lindor - SS Brock Holt - SS
Michael Brantley - DH Pablo Sandoval - 3B
Carlos Santana - 1B David Ortiz - DH
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Travis Shaw - 1B
Yan Gomes - C Rusney Castillo - RF
Abraham Almonte - CF Jackie Bradley - CF
Giovanny Urshela - 3B Ryan Hanigan - C
Jose Ramirez - LF Josh Rutledge - 2B
Corey Kluber - RHP Joe Kelly - RHP

I don't know if this is intentional or not from Torey Lovullo, but the absence of Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Hanley Ramirez from the lineup on Dave Dombrowski's first day in charge would be master class performance art.

Ignoring context, though, this is one strange lineup. Lovullo was just talking about the limited time available in the outfield, and here we are with the exact players he named as the everyday starters sitting out, actually pushing Alejandro De Aza into left field for a rare appearance.

Xander Bogaerts being absent makes a lot more sense, on the other hand. The last game he missed came all the way back in June. Still, pulling the two young players Red Sox fans are desperately hoping Dombrowski holds onto and the one albatross they're desperately hoping he sends elsewhere is...well, it's just phenomenal.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI