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Red Sox at Blue Jays Lineups: Swihart and León continue to battle it out

The catcher competition is becoming clearer

MLB: Boston Red Sox-Media Day Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox head back out on the road again on Tuesday to take on the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Once again, Boston’s lineup doesn’t feature a whole lot of intriguing talent in terms of regulars, but it is a very interesting group today. To me, the catcher battle is the story of this day and really of camp to this point. Nobody has really taken an advantage or fallen behind in the battle yet, as it’s a little too early for that. Still, we can sort of get a read on what they’re thinking. Blake Swihart and Sandy León have been playing a lot more than Vázquez and they’ve also been playing with the B-Team, so to speak. Both Swihart and León play on Tuesday, with the former manning the DH slot and the latter starting behind the dish. Vázquez had the greater workload at the end of last year, so this could just be them resting the guy who played most in October, but I think the battle for that last roster spot comes down to Swihart and León. Granted, that was the assumption before spring even started, but it’s still striking that they are getting the vast majority of the early playing time.

Elsewhere, we get both of the big third base prospects in the lineup with Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec manning the five and six spots for the Red Sox. Interestingly, it’s Chavis sticking at third base with Dalbec moving across the diamond to first. Chavis is the guy we think of more as the one who needs to increase his defensive versatility because, well, he’s just not as good with the glove. If Dalbec reaches his ceiling, it’s not unreasonable to think he could move Devers across the diamond. The same can’t be said for Chavis. That being said, it’s still important to get Chavis some work at the hot corner and it never hurts to have someone like Dalbec learn more positions.

On the mound, we see Mike Shawaryn for his first “real” spring start. He did get the start against Northeastern to kick off camp. Shawaryn, of course, was just named our number ten prospect in the farm system and has a chance to help the big-league club at some point in the second half of the year.

Here are the full lineups:

Red Sox at Twins, 3/22

Lineup Spot Red Sox Twins
Lineup Spot Red Sox Twins
1 Andrew Benintendi, LF Max Kepler, RF
2 Eduardo Núñez, 2B Jorge Polanco, SS
3 Rafael Devers, 3B Nelson Cruz, DH
4 J.D. Martinez, DH Eddie Rosario, LF
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS C.J. Cron, 1B
6 Mitch Moreland, 1B Marwin Gonzalez, 3B
7 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Jonathan Schoop, 2B
8 Christian Vázquez, C Jason Castro, C
9 Gorkys Hernández, RF Byron Buxton, CF
SP Dan Runzler, LHP Kyle Gibson, RHP

First pitch on Tuesday is going to be at 1:07 PM ET, but it will not be televised locally or nationally. You will, however, be able to listen to this one on 850 AM WEEI.

Update: This game was cancelled.