Dustin Pedroia is off the disabled list and back in the lineup Tuesday night as the Red Sox try to make it five straight wins.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||BOSTON RED SOX|
|Ben Revere - LF||Mookie Betts - CF|
|Josh Donaldson - 3B||Dustin Pedroia - 2B|
|Jose Bautista - RF||Xander Bogaerts - SS|
|Edwin Encarnacion - DH||David Ortiz - DH|
|Troy Tulowitzki - SS||Travis Shaw - 1B|
|Chris Colabello - 1B||Pablo Sandoval - 3B|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||Brock Holt - LF|
|Cliff Pennington - 2B||Blake Swihart - C|
|Josh Thole - C||Jackie Bradley - RF|
|R.A. Dickey - RHP||Henry Owens - LHP|
It's been a month-and-a-half since the Red Sox last were able to pencil in Dustin Pedroia, but frankly, they haven't missed him. I don't mean that to disparage Pedroia or in any way push the idea that their recent run of success is in any way attributable to the "Ewing Effect." It's just that, with the kids playing as well as they have, and with no playoff implications to speak of, it's been pretty easy to forget that Pedroia just hasn't been around.
It is also not to say they won't be glad to have him back. Particularly if they're looking to make a moral victory out of this season by perhaps making a push for third place, and even something close to .500. It won't keep them playing past Game 162, but it would be a good way to show that this team, as constructed, is better than it showed in that awful first half.
Though...one does hope that Brock Holt in left is not going to become a habit now that Pedroia is back. While this isn't so bad as Hanley getting start after start in the outfield while Castillo and Bradley ended up wasting away on the bench given that Holt is himself young and still in need of experience, it would be nice to keep the hot hands in the lineup.
First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.