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Red Sox at Tigers Lineups: Andrew Benintendi sits again

The Red Sox look to take the last series of the first half.

2019 London Series Game 1: New York Yankees v. Boston Red Sox Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB via Getty Images

The Red Sox are riding high after a late-game comeback led to victory on Thursday, but the pitching simply needs to be better. They have a good chance at getting back on track against a subpar Tigers lineup, but it’s not as easy as just beating bad competition. You still have to pitch well, which is the goal for Eduardo Rodriguez. The team could really use a deep start from the lefty as well after almost the entire bullpen was deployed in the previous game.

On the other side, the Red Sox are going against Ryan Carpenter, a lefty who has struggled mightily this year. Boston’s offense hasn’t had any issues scoring runs of late, and they shouldn’t have any trouble in this game either. Of note is that Andrew Benintendi will be sitting again as he tries to become more hitterish. Whatever that means. Anyway, the rest of the Red Sox lineup is just about the same as Thursday’s, with Christian Vázquez back at DH, Sandy León behind the plate and J.D. Martinez in left field. The one change is Eduardo Núñez getting the start at second base and Brock Holt getting the night off, at least to start.

Here are the full lineups:

Game 88 at Tigers

Lineup Spot Red Sox Tigers
Lineup Spot Red Sox Tigers
1 Mookie Betts, RF Victor Reyes, CF
2 Rafael Devers, 3B Nicholast Castellanos, RF
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Miguel Cabrera, DH
4 J.D. Martinez, LF Brandon Dixon, 1B
5 Christian Vázquez, DH Jeimer Candelario, 3B
6 Michael Chavis, 1B Harold Castro, LF
7 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Niko Goodrum, 2B
8 Eduardo Núñez, 2B John Hicks, C
9 Sandy León, C Jordy Mercer, SS
SP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Ryan Carpenter, LHP