Game 124 Lineups: Mookie Betts in Center, Batting 8th Tonight

Mookie Betts will be in center tonight. AP

Betts is back. JBJ goes down.

The Red Sox are taking on the Angels for four games starting tonight and the big news out of Fenway today is that Mookie Betts in back in Boston and Jackie Bradley Jr. has been sent down to Pawtucket.

The 21-year-old Betts batted .346 between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket this season, while in Boston, Betts is hitting .244/.279/.366 in 41 at-bats this season with a homer and two RBIs.

Bradley had 348 at-bats in 112 games played for the Red Sox this season before getting optioned to the PawSox. The 24-year-old defensive stalwart struggled at the plate all season, batting only .216/.288/.290 with 111 strikeouts, 1 homer, 30 RBIs, 45 runs scored. JBJ had been hot at the plate lately, batting .313 in the last seven days.


Here are tonight’s lineups:

RED SOX (56-67)
1. Brock Holt (L) RF
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
6. Will Middlebrooks (R) 3B
7. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
8. Mookie Betts (R) CF
9. Christian Vazquez (R) C
SP Brandon Workman (R) (5-7, 5.99 ERA)

ANGELS (72-50)
1. Kole Calhoun (L) RF
2. Mike Trout (R) CF
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH
4. Howie Kendrick (R) 2B
5. Erick Aybar (S) SS
6. Brennan Boesch (L) LF
7. David Freese (R) 3B
8. Efren Navarro (L) 1B
9. Chris Iannetta (R) C
SP. C.J. Wilson (L) SP (9-8, 4.71 ERA)

Game time: 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Fenway Park

TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI (93.7 FM) / WCEC (1490 AM Spanish)

Notes: Josh Hamilton is out of the lineup for the second straight game after asking for a day off Sunday. The well-paid outfielder has been mired in a season-long slump, batting only .216/.277/.353 on the year… Superstar Mike Trout is struggling as well. Heading into tonight’s game against the Red Sox, Trout is on an 0-for-19 cold streak and is hitting just .217 in August for the Angels. However, Trout is a .464 hitter in six games in Boston… The Red Sox won their last two home games against the Angels after losing six in a row to the Halos at Fenway prior… Brandon Workman goes for his first win at Fenway tonight. He’s pick up a loss in each of his last six outings… Prior to giving up two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings in Tuesday’s 7-2 win over the Phillies, C.J. Wilson had an 11.03 ERA in his previous six starts… Wilson has pitched well against the Sox over his career, going 5-2 with a 2.73 ERA in nine career starts… Brock Holt is in the midst of a career-high 11-game hitting streak.

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