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Red Sox vs. Tigers Lineups: Steven Wright gets the start

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Other than that, things are pretty normal

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We’re going somewhat quick on the lineups today because the draft is going on and it is consuming my afternoon. Still, there are a few notable points to make about the group the Red Sox are sending on this evening. First and foremost, Steven Wright is taking the mound for Boston for the first game of this series. Originally, he was given this start as a way to get the rotation some rest before moving back to the bullpen. That first part will still be the case, but it appears Wright is going to stay in the rotation after this start with Drew Pomeranz hitting the disabled list. So, Wright now has a chance to go on a strong run while the lefty is on the shelf and make things difficult for Red Sox bass once Pomeranz is healthy again.

With Wright on the mound, it seemed like a prime opportunity to get Blake Swihart a start behind the plate. Cora indicated that he wanted to get him a start at catcher this week, and he’s also mentioned in the past that he was impressed with how Swihart caught Wright. Those two pieces of information seemed to add up to a Swihart start on Tuesday. Instead, it’ll be Saturday’s hero Christian Vazquez getting the nod. Confusing, and we’ll have to see if Swihart really does get a start later in the week. Other than that, it’s mostly normal for Boston. Here are the full lineups:

Game 61 vs. Tigers

Lineup Spot Tigers Red Sox
Lineup Spot Tigers Red Sox
1 Leonys Martin, CF Andrew Benintendi, LF
2 Nicholas Castellanos, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS
3 Miguel Cabrera, 1B J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Victor Martinez, DH Mitch Moreland, 1B
5 Jeimer Candelario, 3B Eduardo Núñez, 2B
6 James McCann, C Brock Holt, RF
7 JaCoby Jones, LF Rafael Devers, 3B
8 Jose Iglesias, SS Christian Vazquez, C
9 Dixon Machado, 2B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
SP Arite Lewicki, RHP Steven Wright, RHP