DETROIT – Trevor Story is back in the lineup and Xander Bogaerts is sitting as the Red Sox face old friend Eduardo Rodriguez and the Tigers in the finale of a three-game series at Comerica Park.
Story, who has missed the last three games due to food poisoning, was not expected to play at all in Detroit but told Cora on Wednesday morning that he felt good enough to return. He’ll bat third and start at second base.
“He told me this morning, ‘I’m ready to go.’ I’m not going to go against that, ”Cora said.
Christian Arroyo is the starting shortstop and will hit sixth with Bogaerts out. Cora is aiming to get all of his starters some rest early in the season and decided Wednesday was a good time to get Bogaerts off his feet for an extended period considering Thursday is an off day for the team. The downside is that Bogaerts won’t get a chance to face his good friend Rodriguez.
“General soreness,” Cora said. “We can take advantage, too. I was like, ‘Hey, tomorrow?’ and he said yeah. I said, ‘Hey, it’s Eddie.’ and he was like, ‘I’m good. I’ll face him at one point. ‘ But it’s one of those that’s part of it. He wanted to play Saturday and I told him, ‘If you play Saturday, at one point, you will need an off day.’ It just happens that it’s today. “
With Arroyo at shortstop, Jackie Bradley Jr. is getting a rare start against a left-hander. Rodriguez, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Red Sox before signing a five-year, $ 77 million deal with the Tigers in November, is facing Boston for the first time.
Nathan Eovaldi is on the mound for the Red Sox for his second start of the season. First pitch is set for 1:10 pm ET, though the forecast suggests the teams might be in for a significant rain delay.
Boston Red Sox (2-3) vs. Detroit Tigers (3-2) Comerica Park Detroit, MI
FIRST PITCH: 1:10 p.m. ET
TV CHANNEL: NESN
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RADIO: WEEI 93.7 FM
PITCHING PROBABLES: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez
RED SOX LINEUP:
1. CF Kiké Hernández
2. 3B Rafael Devers
3. 2B Trevor Story
4. DH JD Martinez
5. 1B Bobby Dalbec
6. SS Christian Arroyo
7. LF Alex Verdugo
8. C Christian Vázquez
9. RF Jackie Bradley Jr.
1. RF Victor Reyes
2. LF Austin Meadows
3. SS Javier Báez
4. 3B Jeimer Candelario
5. 2B Jonathan Schoop
6. DH Eric Haase
7. CF Akil Baddoo
8. 1B Spencer Torkelson
9. C Tucker Barnhart
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