The Boston Red Sox open a four-game series Monday night in Toronto vs. the Blue Jays as J.D. Martinez returns to the lineup, though they’ll be without Trevor Story as he’ll receive a routine day off. Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound and will face Jose Berrios at 7:07 p.m. ET.
Martinez missed four games due to left adductor tightness, while seven days on turf will likely provoke some off days for every infielder, as the Sox want to get Story off his feet for a night. Kiké Hernandez also returns to the leadoff spot, but the Sox will again roll out an unusual lineup, with Martinez hitting fifth, Rafael Devers hitting cleanup, and Alex Verdugo hitting in the No. 2 hole. Christian Arroyo will also play his natural second base position while Jackie Bradley Jr. will hit sixth and take his right field spot.
Kevin Plawecki is also starting behind the dish and catching after being activated prior to the matchup.
Pregame roster moves:
- Red Sox Place Unvaccinated Righties Tanner Houck, Kutter Crawford on COVID Restricted List; John Schreiber, Tyler Danish Promoted From Triple-A Worcester
Boston Red Sox Lineup vs. Toronto Blue Jays
CF Kiké Hernandez
|2||LF Alex Verdugo|
SS Xander Bogaerts
3B Rafael Devers
DH J.D. Martinez
RF Jackie Bradley Jr.
1B Bobby Dalbec
2B Christian Arroyo
C Kevin Plawecki
RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.68 ERA)
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