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Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. lefty Happ

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Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. lefty Happ

Right-handed hitters Chris Young (left field) and Aaron Hill (third base) get starts Saturday afternoon (1:07 p.m.) against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ as the Red Sox look to make it two wins in a row in Toronto.

The Red Sox rolled 13-3 Friday night to extend their American League East lead over the Jays to two games.

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (2-6, 4.83 ERA) is on the mound for Boston. He's coming off a start in Oakland where he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in an eventual 1-0 loss.  

Happ (17-4, 3.34 ERA) has emerged as the Jays ace and a Cy Young Award candidate, but he's coming off his shortest outing of the season (2 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday).

The lineups: 

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Aaron Hill 3B
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Ryan Hanigan C
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Eduardo Rodriguez LHP

BLUE JAYS
Devon Travis 2B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Jose Bautista RF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Melvin Upton LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Kevin Pillar CF
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J.A. Happ LHP

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

For a position so essential to baseball — no player handles the ball more often — the catching ranks in Red Sox history are surprisingly shallow.

Multiple seasons belong to players like Johnny Peacock, Pinch Thomas, Hick Cady, Roxy Walters, and Muddy Ruel, names that sound like they should belong to bouncers before big leaguers.

The dearth of catching talent may partly explain why the Red Sox routinely featured lousy starting rotations, at least until Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Co. arrived to give the club perennial Cy Young contenders no matter who squatted behind the plate.

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Had this list extended to 10 instead of five, some of the names would surprise you. Wally Schang, anyone? How about Bill Carrigan? There'd definitely be room for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Anyway, the overall talent level may be thin, but the top five are legit, with three All-Stars and two Hall of Famers.

Click here for the top five catchers in Red Sox history.

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Are Dave Roberts' latest comments about Mookie Betts just wishful thinking or reality?

The Los Angeles Dodgers manager said some interesting things about his new right fielder on ESPN's "The Sedano Show" Monday, including that he knows how Betts feels about being in Dodger blue.

I think him being in spring training with us — the relationship I have with him personally, and I think some players too, and coaches — it feels like he’s already played a season with us, which is strange. … Mookie’s gotta do what’s best for him and his family once that time does present itself, but I know that he loves being a Dodger.

After just eight spring training games, Betts "loves" being a Dodger? It seems like a stretch, but maybe getting out of Boston was that much of a relief for the 27-year-old.

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With the 2020 season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's possible we never see Betts play a regular-season game for the Dodgers. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association agreed on a settlement that would let all pending free agents hit the open market if the coming season is canceled.

Betts, the 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion, likely will test free agency come 2021, and the Dodgers will have to pay a hefty price to keep him in L.A. 

If Dodgers ownership and team president Andrew Friedman decide to shell out the cash, then Betts will probably "love" being a Dodger even more.