It gets a little easier to write these things up when you never have to worry about losing, huh?


The Boston Red Sox have a firm lead for the AL East Division title, sitting 10 games ahead of their arch rival New York Yankees. Tuesday night, they will start a quick two-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, and will line up optimally.

There are a few changes from the last few games with this lineup. The first notable thing here is that ​Xander Bogaerts will be the starter at shortstop after not being in the lineup on Sunday due to a jammed finger


Jackie Bradley Jr. will not be in the starting lineup Tuesday night, the casualty to the DH rule that forces JD Martinez into the outfield. We'll certainly miss his route-running presence.

The outfield of Betts, Martinez and Bentinedi will a group to watch out for, as they look for a victory against the Phillies. Philadelphia (65-52) is currently one game back against the Atlanta Braves (66-51) for the top spot in the NL East, so there are plenty more consequences on their end.