Brock Holt is back in left field and Ryan Hanigan will catch knuckleballer Steven Wright as the Red Sox continue their four-game series at Fenway Park against the Astros, who will start right-hander Lance McCullers as he comes off the disabled list to make his 2016 debut.
The Red Sox won 11-1 in the series opener Thursday night, matching the 1950 team with a streak of four games scoring in double-digits. They've totaled 51 runs in their past four games. Wright (3-3 and a 1.52 ERA that is third-best in the American League) is coming off pitching a three-hitter, his first complete game in the majors, in a 5-1 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Steven Wright RHP
Jose Altuve 2B
George Springer RF
Carlos Correa SS
Colby Rasmus LF
Marwin Gonzalez 1B
Luis Valbuena 3B
Carlos Gomez DH
Jason Castro C
Jake Marisnick CF
Lance McCullers RHP
John Farrell can add another job to his resume.
The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.
The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.
Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.
In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!
The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!
After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning.
The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.
No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.
The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."