The Red Sox will be without Dustin Pedroia Saturday afternoon as they try to make it three straight wins and take the series from the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
|BOSTON RED SOX||LOS ANGELES DODGERS|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Howie Kendrick, 2B|
|Brock Holt, 2B||Corey Seager, SS|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Justin Turner, 3B|
|David Ortiz, 1B||Adrian Gonzalez, 1B|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Enrique Hernandez, CF|
|Sandy Leon, C||Josh Reddick, RF|
|Travis Shaw, 3B||Scott Van Slyke, LF|
|Andrew Benintendi, LF||A.J. Ellis, C|
|Eduardo Rodriguez, P||Ross Stripling, P|
Pedroia had said he might be able to play today, but it sounds like the shin injury will keep him on the bench. Hanley Ramirez will join him there, with Ortiz getting a rare start at first base in the National League park against the right-handed pitcher. He'll probably sit out tomorrow, too, with three days in four off a pretty good rest for the aging designated hitter.
With the righty on the mound, we also get Andrew Benintendi in left! I'd like to hope that would stay true for tomorrow's game as well, particularly if he picks up another couple of hits like in his last start, but I won't pretend to have terribly high hopes for that.
It is a bit unfortunate to have this shaky infield defense behind Eduardo Rodriguez. He's been on something of a roll lately, suggesting he might have finally made his way all the way back from the knee injury that's likely to blame for his early-season struggles. Still, that's momentum you really want to put everything behind keeping alive. The good news for Rodriguez is that the Dodgers actually have some of the worst numbers in the game against lefties, but random ground balls finding their way throughcan always spell trouble, particularly given that there's still been some homer problems for Rodriguez even in this most recent stretch.
First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and FS1.