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Red Sox will flip Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts in batting order in 2019


Manager Alex Cora said on Tuesday that he will flip outfielders Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts in the batting order next season, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports. In Boston’s 2018 championship season, Betts hit leadoff and Benintendi hit second. Benintendi will now lead off and Betts will bat second.

The move makes sense. While both players have speed and good on-base skills, Betts has more power, so having him come up to the plate with runners on base will help score a few extra runs over the course of a season.

Betts, who won the 2018 AL MVP Award, won the batting title, batting .346/.438/.640 with 32 home runs, 80 RBI, a major league-best 129 runs scored, and 30 stolen bases in 614 plate appearances. Benintendi, in 661 trips to the plate, hit .290/.366/.465 with 16 home runs, 87 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases.

Yankees place Clint Frazier on the injured list

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Yesterday the Yankees went from 13 to 12 players on the injured list when catcher Gary Sánchez was activated. Progress! Last night it went back to 13, however, when outfielder Clint Frazier was put on the shelf. The announcement came following the Yankees’ win over the Angels in Anaheim.

Frazier suffered the injury during Monday’s game. He acted as if it were nothing after that contest, but he sat out on Tuesday and had an MRI yesterday. The results showed a small ankle strain that, according to manager Aaron Boone, will cost Frazier the next 10-14 days.

Frazier is hitting .324/.342/.632 with six homers and 17 driven in in 18 games this year. He’s been a godsend for the Bombers given injuries to Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge, but now he’ll join them in the M*A*S*H unit that is the New York Yankees.