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Red Sox vs. Astros lineups: No Xander Bogaerts behind Clay Buchholz

Get back soon, Xander. Lest we have more Young vs. righties.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Xander Bogaerts managed to avoid missing any time after his quad tightened up a few games back, but he'll miss at least one game after taking a pitch off his right wrist in Friday night's opener against the Astros.


Mookie Betts, RF Jose Altuve, 2B
Dustin Pedroia, 2B George Springer, RF
David Ortiz, DH Carlos Correa, SS
Hanley Ramirez, 1B Colby Rasmus, LF
Travis Shaw, 3B Preston Tucker, DH
Brock Holt, SS Carlos Gomez, CF
Chris Young, LF Marwin Gonzalez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Luis Valbuena, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C Jason Castro, C
Starting Pitcher -- Clay Buchholz Starting Pitcher -- Mike Fiers

It's certainly not the best lineup you'll see out of the Red Sox, who would probably prefer to have Marco Hernandez at shortstop than to move Holt in and play Young against the righty. But Hernandez had to be optioned to Triple-A in the wake of Joe Kelly's two-out start, leaving the Red Sox with only Josh Rutledge in reserve for the infield, and forcing them into this unfortunate scenario.

Oh well, there's not really much of anything to be done about it right now beyond hoping that Bogaerts will be back in a hurry. And at least the top-six is looking plenty good right now. In the end, this one may well simply come down to whether or not Clay Buchholz is actually prepared to build on his first decent start of the season. He looked like a viable pitcher last time out. But it's a little too easy to imagine that as a blip on the radar. Another good performance tonight would go a long way towards establishing it as the actual trend going forward.

First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, FS1, and WEEI.