With the scene shifting from frigid Fenway Park to sunny Dodger Stadium, leaving the designated hitter behind, the Boston Red Sox will start J.D. Martinez in left field and sit Andrew Benintendi for Friday night’s Game 3 in Los Angeles.
Despite Benintendi’s hot start to the World Series (he’s 4-for-8 with a double and four runs scored), Red Sox manager Alex Cora seems to want Jackie Bradley Jr. (1-for-7 with three strikeouts) and Mookie Betts as his other outfielders patrolling Dodger Stadium given the obvious limitations that will come with a hobbled Martinez in left field.
Elsewhere on the roster, Mitch Moreland gets the start at first base and bats third, while Brock Holt will make his World Series debut after Ian Kinsler got the nod at second base in the first two games, going just 1-for-7.
The Red Sox have also announced that righty Nathan Eovaldi, who has been extremely effective out of the Red Sox bullpen this series, will start Game 4 if he does not appear in tonight’s game.