It's Andrew Benintendi who takes a seat - at least at the start of World Series Game 3 - for the Red Sox. While the voyage to California is very much a business trip, Joe Kelly couldn't help but let out his inner kid as he arrived at Dodger Stadium on Friday.
And they'll face right-handed Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello, which means matchup-happy Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will insert the team's top four home run hitters - back into the starting lineup after they started Games 1 and 2 in the dugout. The Red Sox haven't wrapped up the 2018 crown, but it's still included in the results.
Buehler, who has never faced the Red Sox, gave up a combined nine runs in his first two playoff outings, both Dodgers defeats. The National League, originally founded in 1876, consists of the following teams: Arizona Diamondbacks; Atlanta Braves; Chicago Cubs; Cincinnati Reds; Colorado Rockies; Los Angeles Dodgers; Miami Marlins; Milwaukee Brewers; New York Mets; Philadelphia Phillies; Pittsburgh Pirates; San Diego Padres; San Francisco Giants; St. Louis Cardinals; and Washington Nationals.
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Martinez is Boston's main designated hitter.
Cora said Martinez got treatment for his sore ankle during Thursday's travel day.
In other words, they'll be hoping Martinez can go on Friday.
Cora flatly said Betts would not start at second base.