BOSTON — Two big bats are back in the Red Sox lineup.
Xander Bogaerts, who was on bereavement leave, made it back from Aruba after he was initially expected to return Monday in Detroit. Hanley Ramirez, meanwhile, is sufficiently over his illness to the point that he's back in the lineup for the first time since April 5. Both took early batting practice Tuesday at Fenway Park ahead of a night game with the Orioles.
Outside of Jackie Bradley Jr., who's on the disabled list with a right knee sprain, the lineup was essentially what you'd expect.
The lineup behind lefty Drew Pomeranz:
1. Dustin Pedroia 2B
2. Andrew Benintendi CF
3. Mookie Betts RF
4. Hanley Ramirez DH
5. Mitch Moreland 1B
6. Xander Bogaerts SS
7. Pablo Sandoval 3B
8. Chris Young LF
9. Christian Vázquez C
The Sox made a few related roster moves, including activating Bogaerts from the bereavement list. Bradley is now on the disabled list (retroactive to April 9) with a right knee sprain, as expected. His stay is not expected to be long.
Meanwhile, Pomeranz was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list for Tuesday's start, which led to Deven Marrero being optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Sox are still carrying seven relievers.
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."