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Red Sox lineup: Still no Mitch Moreland

Rob Bradford
July 27, 2018 - 3:21 pm

First came Mitch Moreland's absence against Minnesota righty Kyle Gibson Thursday night, to which Red Sox manager Alex Cora said, "Just to keep Steven (Pearce) in the lineup. The conditions are not that great again so just stay away from him. It’s a four-game series so he’ll play three out of four games."

Then Cora explained that there was no physical ailment or other reason he chose not to pinch-hit Moreland in the ninth inning, even though the lefty hitter was 6-for-10 against Twins closer Fernando Rodney.

"We got all the lefties. That pinch-hitting thing is not that easy," he said. "We’ve got men in scoring position with Raffy, and then we felt the at-bats after that were good ones. We weren’t going to hit there for Brock. He’s a good at-bat there. And Jackie’s one of our best hitters the last month. So, I don’t think there was a spot there." (For more on that situation, click here.)

But now we sit here in Game 2 of the series and Moreland still has not appeared in the Red Sox' lineup, with Pearce getting the start at first base against Twins' righty Lance Lynn.

Update: Moreland told reporters at Fenway Park he is "banged up" with some soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. The first baseman said he wasn't available to pinch-hit Thursday night, but did think there was a better chance he could play Friday.

Here is the Sox' lineup:

Mookie Betts RF

Andrew Benintendi LF

J.D. Martinez DH

Xander Bogaerts SS

Steve Pearce 1B

Rafael Devers 3B

Eduardo Nunez 2B

Sandy Leon C

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

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