The Boston Red Sox released their lineup for their Friday night contest at Fenway with the Minnesota Twins, and it seems that they have decided to give All-Star Mitch Moreland yet another day off.
Moreland has struggled to hit since the All-Star break ended, going a poor 3-for-15 in the second half of the season and remaining glued to the bench in a pinch-hitting situation Thursday night.
Steve Pearce will retain his spot at first base.
Red Sox vs. Twins: Betts RF, Benintendi LF, Martinez DH, Bogaerts SS, Pearce 1B, Devers 3B, Núñez 2B, León C, Bradley Jr. CF, Sale LHP— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) July 27, 2018
The Red Sox look to keep their fantastic season rolling and build momentum in the AL East, but naturally, speculation is flowing regarding Moreland's prolonged absence.
Still no Mitch Moreland in the lineup and against a RHP. Must be injured.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) July 27, 2018
This is a golden opportunity for Boston to gain some separation in the division, as the second place New York Yankees will be without big hitters Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge for the next few weeks due to injury.
Update on Aaron Judge: Tonight OF Aaron Judge sustained a chip fracture of the right wrist (ulnar styloid bone). No surgery has been recommended. The Yankees approximate a three-week time period before Judge can swing a bat in a game situation.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) July 27, 2018
Boston will send their ace Chris Sale to the hill Friday night as the Twins give the ball to Lance Lynn, and ideally won't be missing much of anything from the lack of Moreland.
The Red Sox have lost a nearly-stunning two games in a row, so expect a solid showing from them in this matchup.