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Red Sox vs. Yankees lineups: Dustin Pedroia starts at 2B, Christian Vazquez catches

Red Sox vs. Yankees lineups: Dustin Pedroia starts at 2B, Christian Vazquez catches

The Boston Red Sox's disappointing start to the 2019 MLB season hit a new low point Tuesday with an 8-0 loss to the rival New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Red Sox ace Chris Sale again failed to impress and took his fourth loss of the year. The offense was shut out for the third time in 18 games as Yankees starter James Paxton cruised through eight innings with 12 strikeouts.

The Sox will send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound Wednesday as these teams conclude their short series in the Bronx. Eovaldi is winless in three starts with an 8.00 ERA, 10 strikeouts and 10 walks. He has yet to pitch beyond the fifth inning.

The Yankees will counter with J.A. Happ. The veteran left-hander is 0-2 with an 8.76 ERA in three starts. He was rocked in his last outing on Friday, giving up six earned runs over four innings in a loss to the Chicago White Sox.

In lineup news, Dustin Pedroia is back at second base and will bat sixth for Boston. Christian Vazquez will do the catching and bat eighth. Andrew Benintendi is still out with a foot injury.

Here are the Wednesday lineups for both teams.

BOSTON RED SOX (6-12)

Mookie Betts, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
J.D. Martinez, LF
Steve Pearce, 1B
Mitch Moreland, DH
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Rafael Devers, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Nathan Eovaldi, RHP (0-0, 8.40 ERA)

NEW YORK YANKEES (7-9)

Brett Gardner, CF
Aaron Judge, RF
Luke Voit, 1B
Gleyber Torres, SS
DJ LeMahieu, 2B
Clint Frazier, DH
Mike Tauchman, LF
Gio Urshela, 3B
Austin Romine, C

J.A. Happ, LHP (0-2, 8.76 ERA)

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David Price sounds off on MLB over Jackie Robinson Day execution

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David Price sounds off on MLB over Jackie Robinson Day execution

David Price has had no problem calling Major League Baseball on its shortcomings this year.

Earlier this month, the Boston Red Sox pitcher took MLB to task for its ineffectiveness in marketing star African-American players like teammate Mookie Betts. On Wednesday, Price turned his attention to Jackie Robinson Day.

Price did more than just tweet. He told Chris Mason of the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune that he spoke to commissioner Rob Manfred and Players' Association director Tony Clark about it.

"I saw Tony Clark when I was eating lunch today and I told him," Price said. "I spoke to Manfred on the phone today. And I told him. That's all I can do."

MLB initiated Jackie Robinson Day in 2004 as a way to commemorate Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, when he broke MLB's color barrier as the league's first African-American player.

Jackie Robinson Day lands on April 15 every year, but as Price points out, only 20 of the league's 30 teams (including the Red Sox) actually played a game on April 15 this year, meaning 10 teams didn't get to participate in the event.

Teams have continued to honor Robinson this week by having every player wear his iconic No. 42 jersey -- the Red Sox and New York Yankees all donned No. 42 on Tuesday night -- but if you ask Price, MLB is doing Robinson's legacy a disservice by giving 10 teams an off day on April 15.

Alex Cora, the Red Sox first-ever minority manager, supported Price's stance.

"Just reading [Price's tweet] and thinking about it, it makes sense to play that day, everybody plays," Cora told the Eagle-Tribune. "The league will take a look at it and maybe he’s right about this and the league will make an adjustment. It’s a special day for everybody so I think, in my opinion, yes he’s right about that."

Wednesday evening, MLB responded to Price's concerns in a statement:

Elsewhere in Jackie Robinson Day controversies, Budweiser removed an ad titled, "This Bud's For Jackie" this week after receiving harsh blowback.

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Mookie Betts hopes DFA'd Blake Swihart gets chance to 'play every day'

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Mookie Betts hopes DFA'd Blake Swihart gets chance to 'play every day'

Amid a nightmarish start to the 2019 season, Mookie Betts is trying to keep some perspective.

The Boston Red Sox surprisingly designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment Tuesday, calling up Sandy Leon to replace him in a reversal of their decision to choose Swihart over Leon to begin the season.

When asked about his teammate and close friend's sudden demotion after Boston's 8-0 loss to the Yankees in New York, Betts reasoned it might be for the best.

"It's tough. The first day I stepped here with the Red Sox back in 2011, he was there," Betts said of Swihart. "We've been tight ever since. It's definitely tough.

"I'm kind of happy for him. New beginning. Hopefully he can go somewhere and play every day."

MLB teams have six more days to trade for Swihart or claim him off waivers, and it's likely that happens. He's endured a rough start to the 2019 season but still is an athletic, 27-year-old catcher with upside that could be realized elsewhere.

What's clear, however, is that his upside won't be realized in Boston. The Red Sox failed to maximize Swihart's talents, bouncing him around between catcher, outfield and first base as he struggled to find consistency.

But Swihart has developed a close bond with several Sox players, including Betts, who was drafted in the same year as Swihart and has described him as a "brother." So, even as things go awry in Boston, Swihart's teammates still want to see him succeed.

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