After both teams staged dramatic victories in the final game of the regular season Sunday to clinch a spot in the American League Wild Card Game, the Red Sox and Yankees meet Tuesday night at Fenway Park for the right to advance to the divisional round and face the Tampa Bay Rays.
J.D. Martinez, who suffered a freak ankle injury in Game 162 of the season, will not be available for the game.
The Sox announced their 26-player Wild Card roster, and Martinez – who rolled his ankle on second base as he jogged to play right field prior to the bottom of the fifth inning in Sunday’s 7-5 victory over the Nationals – was not on it. The loss is a significant one, given that Martinez hit .286/.349/.518 with 28 homers in the regular season.
“That just plain-out sucks,” Kyle Schwarber said on Monday of the possibility that Martinez could not play. “He’s been a staple here for how long now and been a staple in this game, a huge bat in this game. Really hoping that it turns out well for him and that he can strap it on [Tuesday], and if he can’t, you know, we’ve been in a spot like this before where we’ve just got to, next man up.”
The Sox added four players to their roster who had not been with the team at the end of the regular season.
▪ Lefthanded reliever Josh Taylor was activated from the injured list after being sidelined for the end of the season with a lower-back strain.
▪ With José Iglesias – the team’s primary second baseman in the last few weeks of the season – ineligible for the playoffs because he was not in the organization before Aug. 31, middle infielder Jonathan Araúz was summoned from Triple-A Worcester.
▪ Outfielder Jarren Duran was also called up from Triple-A Worcester, where his speed will make him a pinch-running option.
▪ To accommodate some of those in-game changes, the team also summoned a third catcher – Connor Wong – from Worcester to allow for strategic moves with catchers Kevin Plawecki and Christian Vázquez.
Also left off the roster are pitchers Hirokazu Sawamura and Darwinzon Hernandez. Chris Sale was not expected to be added to the roster.
Both Nick Pivetta and Eduardo Rodriguez will be available.
Here’s who’s on the roster for the Red Sox for tonight’s game.
Red Sox Wild Card Game roster
Pitchers (12): Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Austin Davis, Nathan Eovaldi, Tanner Houck, Adam Ottavino, Nick Pivetta, Garrett Richards, Hansel Robles, Eduardo Rodriguez, Josh Taylor, Garrett Whitlock
Catchers (3): Kevin Plawecki, Christian Vázquez, Connor Wong
Infielders (6): Jonathan Araúz, Christian Arroyo, Xander Bogaerts, Bobby Dalbec, Rafael Devers, Travis Shaw
Outfielders (4): Jarren Duran, Hunter Renfroe, Kyle Schwarber, Alex Verdugo
Infielder/Outfielders (1): Kiké Hernández
YANKEES (92-70): Rizzo 1B. Judge RF, Stanton DH, Gallo LF, Torres 2B, Gardner CF, Urshela 3B, Higashioka C, Velazquez SS.
Pitching: RHP Gerrit Cole (16-8, 3.23 ERA)
RED SOX (92-70): Schwarber DH, Hernández CF, Devers 3B, Bogaerts SS, Verdugo LF, Renfroe RF, Plawecki C, Dalbec 1B, Arroyo 2B.
Pitching: RHP Nate Eovaldi (11-9, 3.75 ERA)
Time: 8:08 p.m.
TV, radio: ESPN, WEEI-FM 93.7
Yankees vs. Eovaldi: Joey Gallo 1-7, Brett Gardner 5-28, Kyle Higashioka 2-3, Aaron Judge 8-20, Rougned Odor 2-14, Anthony Rizzo 5-9, Giancarlo Stanton 7-27, Gary Sánchez 2-14, Gleyber Torres 7-29, Gio Urshela 4-15, Andrew Velazquez 0-2, Tyler Wade 0-4.
Red Sox vs. Cole: Christian Arroyo 1-2, Xander Bogaerts 5-24, Bobby Dalbec 0-4, Rafael Devers 4-19, Kiké Hernández 5-11, José Iglesias 3-24, J.D. Martinez 6-25, Kevin Plawecki 1-3, Hunter Renfroe 4-20, Kyle Schwarber 3-17, Travis Shaw 3-17, Alex Verdugo 4-14, Christian Vázquez 5-17.
Stat of the day: The Red Sox host the one-game playoff as a result of winning the regular-season series 10-9. The Yankees have won nine of the past 12 games between the teams after the Red Sox won the first seven meetings.
Notes: The Sox are 7-1 in their last eight postseason games vs. the Yankees, after going 4-11 in their first 15 (11-12 overall) … Cole has an 8-4 record with a 2.68 ERA in 13 career postseason starts. Eovaldi has gone 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in six career postseason appearances (two starts) … The Red Sox are 54-37-1 all time in home postseason games, including 47-35-1 at Fenway Park. They have won each of their last three home postseason games.
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