There’s no time like the present for the Red Sox to continue their dominance over the Orioles.
The Red Sox make two changes to their starting lineup for Tuesday night’s series opener in Baltimore. Kyle Schwarber and José Iglesias return, as Boston seeks to end its three-game losing streak and maintain its grip on the American League’s second wild card spot.
Having started Sunday’s game — a 6-3 loss to the New York Yankees — on the bench, Schwarber is back in the starting nine as the left fielder and bats sixth for Boston. To accommodate him, Alex Verdugo starts on the bench Tuesday night, and first baseman Bobby Dalbec drops from No. 6 to No. 7 in Boston’s batting order.
Iglesias also was a late substitute in Sunday night’s game. He returns as the second baseman and No. 9 batter for the opener against the Orioles at the expense of Christian Arroyo.
Chris Sale is Boston’s starting pitcher. The ace is 10-0 with a 1.92 ERA in his last 13 starts against the Orioles.
Baltimore counters with lefty Bruce Zimmermann.
NESN will air Red Sox vs. Orioles in full, with pregame coverage starting at 6 p.m. ET. First pitch from Oriole Park at Camden Yards is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and postgame coverage immediately will follow the final out. On the go? Be sure to stream full coverage of the game online at Watch NESN Live.
Here are the teams’ full lineups:
RED SOX (88-65)
Kiké Hernández, CF
Hunter Renfroe, RF
Rafael Devers, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
J.D. Martinez, DH
Kyle Schwarber, LF
Bobby Dalbec, 1B
José Iglesias, 2B
Christian Vázquez, C
Chris Sale, LHP (5-0, 2.57 ERA)
Cedric Mullins, CF
Ryan Mountcastle, 1B
Austin Hays, RF
Trey Mancini, DH
Pedro Severino, C
Ryan McKenna, LF
Pat Valaika, SS
Jahmai Jones, 2B
Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B
Bruce Zimmermann, LHP (4-4, 4.83 ERA)