Red Sox Vs. Pirates Lineup: Mookie Betts Out For Chris Sale’s Boston Debut

It’s the day Boston fans have been waiting for all winter: Chris Sale’s first start in a Red Sox uniform.

The big lefty will be on the mound Wednesday for the Red Sox’s second game of the regular season after Rick Porcello and the gang earned a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Opening Day at Fenway Park. Sale will go up against Pirates starter Jameson Taillon, who made his Major League Baseball debut in June 2016.

On the other side of the ball, the flu still is making its way through the Red Sox’s roster, and right fielder Mookie Betts will be sidelined with an illness Wednesday. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts will slide up to Betts’ No. 3 spot in the order, while Chris Young will take over in right field and bat sixth. Otherwise, Boston’s lineup from Opening Day remains unchanged.

Here are Wednesday’s complete lineups.

RED SOX (1-0)
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Hanley Ramirez, DH
Mitch Moreland, 1B
Chris Young, RF
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Sandy Leon, C

Chris Sale, LHP (2016 stats: 17-10, 3.34 ERA)

Jordy Mercer, SS
Starling Marte, CF
Andrew McCutchen, RF
Gregory Polanco, LF
David Freese, 3B
Francisco Cervelli, C
Josh Harrison, 2B
Josh Bell, 1B
Adam Frazier, DH

Jameson Taillon, RHP (2016 stats: 5-4, 3.38 ERA)

Thumbnail photo via Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images

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