Red Sox Vs. Orioles Lineups: Christian Vazquez Gets First Career Start At Second Base

The Boston Red Sox lineup will look different Monday morning — quite different.

Boston catcher Christian Vazquez will play second base (seriously), and Steve Pearce is in left field as the Sox wrap up a four-game weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles at 11:05 a.m. ET in the annual Patriots’ Day matinee.

It’s the first career appearance at second base for Vazquez who has spent all but four of his 2,367 2/3 big league innings behind the plate. (He also played four career innings at third base.)

The original lineup for Boston had Dustin Pedroia at second base with Vazquez behind the plate and Pearce serving as the designated hitter. Pedroia will now instead serve as the DH with Pearce moving out to left field, and Blake Swihart — originally slated to play left field — doing the catching for Hector Velazquez.

Andrew Benintendi, who left Sunday’s game after fouling a ball off his foot, will sit.

Here are the complete lineups for Monday’s series finale.

BOSTON RED SOX (6-10)
Dustin Pedroia, DH
Mookie Betts, CF
Mitch Moreland, 1B
J.D. Martinez, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Rafael Devers, 3B
Steve Pearce, LF
Blake Swihart, C
Christian Vazquez, 2B

Hector Velazquez, RHP (0-0, 2.79 ERA)

BALTIMORE ORIOLES (6-10)
Jonathan Villar, 2B
Trey Mancini, RF
Dwight Smith, Jr., LF
Rio Ruiz, 3B
Renato Nunez, DH
Chris Davis, 1B
Jesus Sucre, C
Richie Martin, SS
Cedric Mullins, CF

Dan Straily, RHP (0-1, 19.29 ERA)

Thumbnail photo via Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports Images

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