Mike Napoli Late Scratch From Red Sox’s Lineup For Series Opener Vs. Tigers

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UPDATE (7:11 p.m. ET): Mike Napoli was removed from the Boston Red Sox’s lineup just minutes before first pitch. With that, Pablo Sandoval returned to the lineup, starting at third base, and Travis Shaw shifted over to first.

No reason immediately was given for Napoli’s scratch.

Here is the updated Red Sox lineup:

Brock Holt, 2B
Rusney Castillo, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Travis Shaw, 1B
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Joe Kelly, RHP (3-6, 6.11 ERA)

UPDATE (7:36 p.m. ET): Napoli has been traded to the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports.

ORIGINAL STORY: Travis Shaw will look to recapture last weekend’s magic Friday as the Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series at Comerica Park.

Shaw, who will start at third base against the Detroit Tigers, enjoyed the game of his life last Saturday, going 4-for-4 with a double, a walk, two home runs, three RBIs and five runs scored in an 11-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He also was solid at the dish the following day — going 2-for-4 in the finale of that three-game set at Fenway Park — and stroked a ninth-inning, pinch-hit single Thursday in an eventual 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees.

With Shaw getting the nod at the hot corner, Pablo Sandoval will begin Friday night on the bench. The 28-year-old has gone 3-for-12 with two doubles and a homer since returning from a wrist injury that cost him two games.

Elsewhere in Friday’s lineup, leadoff man Brock Holt returns, bumping Rusney Castillo down to the No. 2 slot. Holt, the Red Sox’s only All-Star this season, has struggled since the break, going hitless in his last 14 at-bats.

Check out the full starting lineups for both teams below.

RED SOX (48-61)
Brock Holt, 2B
Rusney Castillo, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Mike Napoli, 1B
Travis Shaw, 3B
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Joe Kelly, RHP (3-6, 6.11 ERA)

TIGERS (53-55)
Anthony Gose, CF
Jose Iglesias, SS
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Victor Martinez, DH
J.D. Martinez, RF
Tyler Collins, LF
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Alex Avila, 1B
James McCann, C

Daniel Norris, LHP (2-1, 3.23 ERA)

Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images

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