The Boston Red Sox will put some distance between themselves and the Tampa Bay Rays if they sustain their success against their rivals. Boston and Tampa will open their three-game set Tuesday night at Tropicana Field with first place in the American League East Division on the line. The first-place Sox lead the second-place Rays by a half game, so the stakes couldn’t be any clearer to competitors, viewers or anyone else.
Boston Red Sox lineup: Danny Santana leads off, Christian Arroyo out vs. Tampa Bay; Rays top prospect Wander Franco hitting 2nd in debut
Danny Santana is leading off and playing center field behind Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez on Tuesday night as Boston starts a crucial three-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Entering Tuesday, the Red Sox hold a half-game lead over the Rays -- who have lost six games in...
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Boston Red Sox lineup: Bobby Dalbec, Kiké Hernández return against Royals; Danny Santana leading off
KANSAS CITY — Bobby Dalbec and Kiké Hernández, who both had a day off Friday, are back in the Boston Red Sox lineup Saturday here at Kauffman Stadium. The Red Sox and Royals will play at 4:10 p.m., eastern. Boston lost the first game of the series, 5-3, Friday. Hernández...
Boston Red Sox lineup: Christian Arroyo to lead off vs. Royals on Friday; Danny Santana in CF, Kiké Hernández sitting
KANSAS CITY — Christian Arroyo, who hit a pinch-hit, game-winning grand slam Wednesday in Atlanta, will lead off for the Boston Red Sox on Friday at Kauffman Stadium. He has started in the leadoff spot seven times this season. The Red Sox and Royals will play the first of three...
Alex Verdugo (back tightness) out of Boston Red Sox lineup for second straight night; Danny Santana leading off vs. Astros
BOSTON -- Alex Verdugo is out of the Red Sox’ for the second straight game Wednesday night as he battles back tightness, manager Alex Cora said. The Red Sox will face the Astros in the second game of a three-game series starting at 7:10 p.m. ET. “He’s a little bit...
Santana started at first base, batted leadoff and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's 8-3 loss to the Astros. Santana, who was held out of the previous two games, returned to the lineup Wednesday. This was the sixth time he's hit leadoff and the results have not been good. Santana is 2-for-24 with a .362 OPS atop Boston's lineup and has just one hit in his last 21 at-bats. The Red Sox continue to search for a leadoff replacement for Enrique Hernandez, who batted ninth Wednesday.
Santana is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Astros, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. Now on the bench for the third time in four games, Santana appears to have lost hold of the near-everyday role he enjoyed for a brief period after being called up from Triple-A Worcester on May 21. The 30-year-old switch-hitter has mustered a lowly .116 batting average and .208 on-base average over his first 14 games with Boston, and his ongoing struggles could put him in danger of losing his spot on the roster. While Santana's multi-positional versatility is an asset, the Red Sox have three other players (Enrique Hernandez, Marwin Gonzalez and Christian Arroyo) capable of filling similar utility roles.
Santana remains on the bench Tuesday against the Astros, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports. Santana hasn't started against a southpaw since making his season debut in late May. That trend will continue against Framber Valdez on Tuesday. Even while being protected from same-sided pitching, Santana has struggled at the plate, hitting just .125/.205/.325 in 13 games.
Santana is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports. Santana started and served as Boston's leadoff man in each of the past four games, going 1-for16. The veteran utility man has seen steady work for the Red Sox since being called up from Triple-A Worcester on May 21, but he's turned in a pedestrian .530 OPS through 44 plate appearances.
The Boston Red Sox will look to avoid a sweep Thursday afternoon when they wrap up a four-game series with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the first three games, including a 2-1 nail-biter Wednesday night, thanks in large to some solid starting pitching. Houston has held Boston’s potent offense in check, with the Red Sox mustering up just four runs in the series thus far.
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HOUSTON -- For the second straight day, Red Sox manager Alex Cora opted to start Danny Santana at first base over Bobby Dalbec against a right-handed starter on Tuesday. Dalbec, despite having the chance to take control of the first base position early in the season, now appears to be viewed as a part-time player.
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HOUSTON -- Hunter Renfroe is hitting sixth and Danny Santana is starting over Bobby Dalbec once again as the Red Sox face the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night. Renfroe, who homered in Monday’s 11-2 loss, hit ninth in the series opener but was moved up in the lineup against right-hander Luis Garcia. Santana, who is 3-for-20 (.150) since joining the team last Friday, is starting against a right-hander for the second straight day while Dalbec sits.
Santana isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Astros. Santana went 1-for-7 with two strikeouts across the last two contests. Enrique Hernandez will shift to center field while Christian Arroyo starts at second base.
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