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Red Sox at Blue Jays Lineups: Things have been shaken up

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Jarren Duran moves up to the second spot in the lineup.

Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Something I was looking forward to with the call up of Jarren Duran was the flexibility he would give the roster on defense. Part of the charm of having a guy like Enrique Hernández on your team is that he can play anywhere, but with the way the roster has shaped out he hasn’t been free to roam around the diamond. Having a guy like Duran that could bump him off center, which would have cascade effects that would lead to more rest for guys like Verdugo, Renfroe, Arroyo, and Dalbec. We got a preview of this last night with Arroyo bumping Dalbec off first, but Arroyo tried his best Ji-Man Choi impression last night and strained his left hamstring and will end up on the 10-day IL. Danny Santana was activated in the corresponding move.

But alas, we’re back to our fairly stagnant defense for now. The lineup looks different, though. It’s not quite the order Matt laid out earlier today, but it is indeed “shaken up.”

Game 95 at Blue Jays

Lineup spot Blue Jays Red Sox
Lineup spot Blue Jays Red Sox
1 Marcus Semien, 2B (R) Enrique Hernández, 2B (R)
2 Bo Bichette, SS (R) Jarren Duran, CF (L)
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B (R) Xander Bogaerts, SS (R)
4 George Springer, CF (R) Rafael Devers, 3B (L)
5 Teoscar Hernández, RF (R) J.D. Martinez, DH (R)
6 Randal Grichuk, DH (R) Alex Verdugo, LF (L)
7 Cavan Biggio, 3B (L) Hunter Renfroe, RF (R)
8 Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF (R) Danny Santana, 1B (S)
9 Reese McGuire, C (L) Kevin Plawecki, C (R)
SP Ross Stripling RHP Nick Pivetta, RHP