Dodgers @ Red Sox July 12, 2019: World Series rematch, part 1

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The Dodgers begin the second half in Boston in a rematch of last year’s World Series against the Red Sox. Things look a lot different now than they did nine months ago.

 
Dodgers
   
Red Sox
 
4:10 p.m.
   
Boston
SS
Seager  
RF
Betts
3B
Turner  
3B
Devers
DH
Freese  
SS
Bogaerts
RF
Bellinger  
DH
Martinez
1B
Muncy  
LF
Benintendi
CF
Pollock  
C
Vazquez
LF
Verdugo   CF Bradley
2B
Hernandez  
1B
Chavis
C
Barnes  
2B
Holt
P
Maeda (R)  
P
Rodriguez (L)

That is, if the weather holds out. According to the always accurate weather.com, there’s an 85 percent chance of “heavy thunderstorms” at the time of first pitch, so don’t be surprised if things get started a little later than expected today.

The Dodgers get a trio of position player veterans back today. David Freese, A.J. Pollock and Corey Seager are all back from their various injuries and are all in the starting lineup. The likes of Matt Beaty, Kyle Garlick, Enrique Hernandez, Edwin Rios and Chris Taylor did their best in during those injury stints, but it’s nice to have the big boppers back — especially Freese and Seager. We’ll see what Pollock has in store for the second half. The Dodgers signed him to a big deal in the offseason and were surely expecting more production from him. Maybe now that he’s healthy, that’ll be the case.

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To make room for Pollock on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers traded left-handed pitcher Adam McCreery and catcher Josh Thole to the Angels for cash considerations. Pollock goes into McCreery’s vacated 40-man roster spot.

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Kenta Maeda gets the start for the Dodgers. It makes sense seeing as Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu all pitched in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.