One day after being shutout by the Athletics, the Red Sox are forced to turn to something of a B-team as they start their final interleague series of the season.
|BOSTON RED SOX||SAN DIEGO PADRES|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Travis Jankowski, CF|
|Brock Holt, LF||Luis Sardinas, SS|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS||Wil Myers, 1B|
|Mookie Betts, RF||Yangervis Solarte, 3B|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B||Derek Norris, C|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF||Alex Dickerson, LF|
|Yoan Moncada, 3B||Adam Rosales, 2B|
|Bryan Holaday, C||Oswaldo Arcia, RF|
|Drew Pomeranz, P||Edwin Jackson, P|
It's not as bad as it was that one day in Detroit, but this is certainly not the lineup at its best.
The Red Sox have done a lot of futzing around tied for first and right on the periphery, but never really managed to stick for long at the top. After yesterday's game--one the Red Sox have to feel they should have won both given the way the season series had gone and the performance they got out of Eduardo Rodriguez--they can't really be losing to the Padres with the decrepit remains of Edwin Jackson on the mound. Whether the Yankees do the Red Sox a favor and make this a chance to get back in first or make it just a question of their ability to keep up, the Sox need to isolate that loss.
First pitch is at 4:40 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.