The Marlins-Red Sox spring training rivalry hits round 2 on Tuesday.
Miami is visiting the Red Sox for a spring training game, a week after complaining about what the NL team saw as a substandard lineup when hosting the defending champions.
The Marlins’ complaint drew a rebuke from Red Sox (and Boston Globe) owner John Henry on Twitter, where he said “They should apologize for their regular season lineup.” The Marlins went 62-100 last year after trading away many of their higher-paid players.
The Marlins sent this lineup devoid of big names to Fort Myers for the game, slated for a 1:05 start:
Donovan Solano SS
Christian Yelich LF
Marcell Ozuna CF
Derek Dietrich 2B
Casey McGehee 3B
Brian Bogusevic RF
Ed Lucas 1B
Greg Dobbs DH
Rob Brantly C
The lineup is missing some of the few notable names on the team, such as ex-Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Brian Flynn, who is competing for a spot in the Miami rotation, is expected to be the starting pitcher for Miami.
By contrast, the Red Sox have many regulars in their lineup, included Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes and Xander Bogaerts. John Lackey is expected to start.
It’s a split-squad doubleheader day for the Red Sox with two games at the same time about 90 miles apart. John Farrell, who refused to apologize to the Marlins after last week’s game, will manage the team in Sarasota against the Orioles. (Ben Cherington called his Marlins counterpart, Mike Hill, to apologize.) Bench coach Torey Lovullo will handle the game against Miami.
The Marlins, who are only playing one game Tuesday, have the second-best record in the Grapefruit League.