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Chris Young replaces Eduardo Nunez on the Red Sox playoff roster

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The Boston Red Sox have replaced Eduardo Nunez on their ALDS roster with Chris Young.

Boston had to request approval for the move and MLB approved it. In the unlikely event Nunez is able to play again this year, it will not be until a theoretical Red Sox World Series, as injury-replaced players have to sit out the following playoff series as well.Really, though, based on how much pain Nunez appeared to be in when he was carried off the field yesterday afternoon, this will not be an issue. How injured he is will be determined after he has an MRI.

Young batted .235/.322/.387 with seven homers in 90 games this year.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:


1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C


1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.