Chris Young is back in center field with American League player of the month Jackie Bradley Jr. still on paternity leave as the Red Sox close out their four-game series in Baltimore tonight.
Rick Porcello (7-2, 3.68) is on the mound for the Red Sox, who will try to take three of four from the second-place Orioles and increase their American League East lead to three games.
Ubaldo Jimenez (2-6, 6.36) who has lost five of his past six starts, pitches for the Orioles.
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Blake Swihart LF
Chris Young CF
Christian Vazquez C
Rick Porcello RHP
Adam Jones CF
Hyun See Kim LF
Manny Machado SS
Chris Davis 1B
Mark Trumbo RF
Pedro Alvarez DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Francisco Pena C
Ubaldo Jimenez 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."