Fresh off blasting the go-ahead home run in the 13th inning of the Boston Red Sox’s win Wednesday night, Michael Chavis bumps up to the leadoff spot against the Toronto Blue Jays on getaway day at Rogers Centre.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora shuffled things around quite a bit on his lineup card for Thursday afternoon’s contest.
J.D. Martinez remains out with an illness, and Mookie Betts will slide in to the designated hitter spot. Mitch Moreland also gets the day off, with Cora plugging Chavis in at first base and penciling Eduardo Nunez in at the keystone.
Xander Bogaerts will bat third, followed by Rafael Devers in the cleanup spot. Steve Pearce jumps into the lineup playing left field, with Andrew Benintendi sliding down the lineup to the six-hole and playing center field in the series finale. Jackie Bradley Jr. will bat ninth and play right field.
Ryan Weber makes his first start for the Red Sox, while Clayton Richard will make his season debut on the bump for the Blue Jays.
Here are the lineups for Thursday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays game:
BOSTON RED SOX (26-23)
Michael Chavis, 1B
Mookie Betts, DH
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Rafael Devers, 3B
Steve Pearce, LF
Andrew Benintendi, CF
Christian Vazquez, C
Eduardo Nunez, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF
Ryan Weber, RHP (0-0, 1.13 ERA)
TORONTO BLUE JAYS (20-29)
Eric Sogard, 2B
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
Justin Smoak, DH
Rowdy Tellez, 1B
Brandon Drury, LF
Freddy Galvis, SS
Billy McKinney, RF
Danny Jansen, C
Jonathan Davis, CF
Clayton Richard, LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
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