The flu bug running through the Red Sox claimed another victim in Hanley Ramirez and has resulted in a makeshift lineup for Game 3 of the season, the opener of a four-game series in Detroit this afternoon (1:10).
Ramirez and Mookie Betts did not travel with the team and the Sox placed lefty reliever Robbie Ross Jr. on the 10-day DL with the flu on Thursday.
Brock Holt steps in as DH and leadoff hitter Friday, Chris Young starts in right and, with Xander Bogaerts on a three-day bereavement leave, Marco Hernandez starts at shortstop after being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket.
On the mound, knuckleballer Steven Wright opposes Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, the 2016 A.L. rookie of the year.
The full lineups:
Brock Holt DH
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mitch Moreland 1B
Chris Young RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Marco Hernandez SS
Steven Wright RHP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Nick Castellanos 3B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Justin Upton LF
Tyler Collins RF
James McCann C
JaCoby Jones CF
Jose Iglesias SS
Michael Fulmer RHP
New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third.
Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.
In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three.
Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies.
Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.
Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.
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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.
MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.