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Red Sox lineup: Hanley Ramirez in, Pablo Sandoval still out

Rob Bradford
June 18, 2017 - 4:28 pm

HOUSTON -- Hanley Ramirez is making his return to the Red Sox' starting lineup.

After missing the previous two games due to a stiff neck, Ramirez is back in at designated hitter for the Red Sox as they take on the Astros in the teams' series finale at Minute Maid Park. Chris Young had served as the Sox's DH in Ramirez's absence, hitting a home run in the visitors' 7-1 loss Saturday night. Ramirez enters Sunday night hitting .240 with a .750 OPS and nine homers.

Also of note is Josh Rutledge getting yet another start at third base, leaving Pablo Sandoval on the bench to start the game. Red Sox' manager John Farrell had said that Rutledge has been getting the starts in Houston in large part due to his defensive mobility. Rutledge hasn't exactly torn it up offensively while getting his chance at third, going one for his last 14.

Houston righty starter Joe Musgrove does have reverse splits, giving up a .295 batting average against righties, but just .283 vs. left-handed hitters.

Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup with David Price on the mound for the visitors:

Mookie Betts RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Xander Bogaerts SS

Mitch Moreland 1B

Hanley Ramirez DH

Andrew Benintendi LF

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Josh Rutledge 3B

Christian Vazquez C

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