Travis Shaw Sits In Red Sox’s Series Finale Vs. Twins; Josh Rutledge Starts

by abournenesn

Jun 12, 2016

The Boston Red Sox are looking to sweep the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, and they’ll be doing it without Travis Shaw.

The third baseman is batting .139 (5-for-36) in the month of June, and he’ll be on the bench at Target Field in favor of Josh Rutledge. Rutledge, who’s batting eighth, also gets the edge with left-hander Pat Dean on the mound for the Twins, as he’s batting .385 (5-for-13) against southpaws compared to Shaw’s .146 (6-for-41).

Christian Vazquez also is in the lineup, batting ninth and catching starter Rick Porcello. Porcello will be looking to take advantage of a weak Twins lineup, as the right-hander has struggled of late. Porcello has fallen off the wagon a bit, after a great April, but this is a perfect opportunity for him to get back on.

Here are both teams’ lineups for Sunday.

RED SOX (36-25)
Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Chris Young, LF
Josh Rutledge, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C

Rick Porcello, RHP (7-2, 4.04 ERA)

TWINS (18-43)
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Robbie Grossman, LF
Joe Mauer, 1B
Trevoe Plouffe, DH
Brian Dozier, 2B
Max Kepler, RF
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Juan Centeno, C
Byron Buxton, CF

Pat Dean, LHP (1-2, 4.75 ERA)

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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