Red Sox

Saturday's Red Sox-Twins lineups: Betts leads off, Benintendi hits fourth

Saturday's Red Sox-Twins lineups: Betts leads off, Benintendi hits fourth

Red Sox manager John Farrell has shaken up his lineup as the Red Sox play the second game of their three-game series in Minnesota Saturday looking to avoid a three-game losing streak.

Mookie Betts returns to the leadoff spot, where he hit most of last season, and Andrew Benintendi hits fourth for the first time in his career. 

Hanley Ramirez drops to the fifth spot and, despite facing Twins right-hander Nick Tepesch, right-handed hitting Chris Young gets the start in left, with Benintendi in center, and left-handed hitting center fielder Jackie Bradley (.175) sits. 

Rick Porcello (1-4, 4.46 ERA) is on the mound for the Red Sox, who fell 4-3 Friday night on a walk-off homer by Minnesota's Joe Mauer. The Twins have called up Tepesch from Triple-A for his first major league start of the season.

The full lineups: 

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi CF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Chris Young LF
Sandy Leon C
Josh Rutledge 3B
Rick Porcello RHP

Robbie Grossman RF
Joe Mauer DH
Miguel Sano 3B
Kennys Vargas 1B
Max Kepler CF
Eduardo Escobar 2B
Jason Castro C
Jorge Polanco SS
Eddie Rosario LF
Nick Tepesch RHP

John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

File Photo

John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

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.


Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

File photos

Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

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."