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Alex Cora makes big changes to Red Sox lineup for Game 3

Brock Holt hit .354/.456/.667 with four homers in September.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

NEW YORK — After watching his team score seven runs in the first two games of the Division Series against the Yankees, Red Sox manager Alex Cora made some big changes for Game 3 on Monday night.

Third baseman Rafael Devers, second baseman Brock Holt and catcher Christian Vazquez replaced Eduardo Nunez, Ian Kinsler and Sandy Leon.

Nunez was 0 for 7 in the series, Kinsler 2 for 8 and Leon 0 for 5.

Mitch Moreland also is out of the lineup, but more likely because of the right hamstring strain he suffered in Game 2. Steve Pearce is starting at first base.


For the new additions to the lineup to succeed, they will have reverse career-long woes against Yankees starter Luis Severino.

Devers is 0 for 12, Holt 1 for 15 and Vazquez 2 for 8. They have combined to strike out 14 times and have no extra-base hits against Severino.

Nunez, Kinsler and Leon are 10 of 52 against Severino with six extra-base hits and eight strikeouts.

Cora was asked on Sunday if he planned to change the lineup.

“I’ll go to experience from the World Series last year,” he said. “That’s something I learned. Be patient. It’s such a small series that people get caught up on the whole small sample sizes. I always said that the difference between a .300 hitter in the postseason and a .200 hitter is 2 for 10 and 3 for 10. One swing.”

RED SOX (1-1)YANKEES (1-1)
Betts RFMcCutchen LF
Benintendi LFJudge RF
Martinez DHVoit 1B
Bogaerts SSStanton DH
Devers 3BGregorius SS
Pearce 1BSánchez C
Holt 2BAndújar
Vazquez CTorres 2B
Bradley Jr. CFGardner CF
Pitching: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81).Pitching: RHP Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39).

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.