After dropping the series opener to the Seattle Mariners on Monday, the Red Sox are back at it on Tuesday.
They’ll be doing so without Kyle Schwarber, who is sitting this one out. In his pregame press conference, Boston manager Alex Cora said the decision wasn’t performance-based, but rather because the Red Sox are set to face a pair of left-handed pitchers. The Mariners are going with lefty Tyler Anderson on Tuesday before sending lefthander Marco Gonzales to the hill in the rubber game Wednesday.
Still, it’s certainly worth noting that Schwarber is hitless through five games and 3-for-25 in his last eight. He also made an error at first base in the seventh inning on Monday that cost Boston the game.
With him sidelined, Bobby Dalbec will get the start at first base, batting sixth, while Alex Verdugo is back in left field. He will hit eighth.
Hunter Renfroe, playing right field, will bat second, taking Schwarber’s place in the order. That moves him up from seventh, a spot Kevin Plawecki — taking over for Christian Vázquez behind the plate — now occupies.
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Here are the full lineups for Monday’s Red Sox-Mariners game.
BOSTON RED SOX (81-65)
Kiké Hernández, CF
Hunter Renfroe, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Rafael Devers, 3B
J.D. Martinez, DH
Bobby Dalbec, 1B
Kevin Plawecki, C
Alex Verdugo, LF
José Iglesias, 2B
RHP Nathan Eovaldi (10-8, 3.57 ERA)
SEATTLE MARINERS (78-66)
J.P. Crawford, SS
Mitch Haniger, RF
Kyle Seager, 3B
Ty France, 1B
Abraham Toro, 2B
Jarred Kelenic, CF
Jake Fraley, LF
Jake Bauers, DH
Cal Raleigh, C
LHP Tyler Anderson (6-9, 4.20 ERA)
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