You might have looked at the Red Sox lineup card Friday night and wondered, "Who are these guys?"
With COVID claiming another player - in this case outfielder Jarren Duran - the total number of players and coaches currently out on COVID-related protocols is up to an even dozen.
Jack Lopez (61), photo courtesy of the AP
And yet somehow, the Red Sox are managing to stay afloat with the likes of Jack Lopez (first MLB hit last night after nine years in the minors) in the starting lineup.
While we wait for the return of the likes of Xander Bogaerts, Matt Barnes, and others, manager Alex Cora sent a message to both players and fans earlier this week. "They're not gonna stop the tournament for the Red Sox," Cora explained. "We know that. So we gotta figure this out. Show up tomorrow, play good baseball, do it the next day and then go home, and you know see where we're at."
Friday night's 8-5 win over the Cleveland Indians was Boston's third in a row, following a pair of victories against Tampa Bay Wednesday and Thursday to close out a 4-3 road trip.
Since losing two of three to the Rays at Fenway in the middle of the month, the Red Sox have gone 4-1-1 in their last six series.
Twenty five games to go and a two-game lead in the loss column over Oakland for the second Wild Card spot. It could be an interesting ride to the finish line.
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