Moreland went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in a 10-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. The 33-year-old continues to only bat .239, but his 13 homers lead the Red Sox. Moreland has just a .331 on-base percentage, but thanks to a .587 slugging percentage, he owns a .918 OPS. He also has 32 RBI and 25 runs with one steal.
Moreland is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. With southpaw Wade Miley on the hill for Houston, Moreland will check out of the lineup and give way to platoon mate Steve Pearce at first base. Over 22 plate appearances versus lefties this season, Moreland has recorded three hits and has struck out seven times.
Moreland isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Rockies, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Moreland will bow out of the starting nine with a left-hander (Kyle Freeland) scheduled to start for the opposition. The reigning World Series MVP, Steve Pearce, is starting at first base and hitting seventh in Moreland's absence.
Moreland is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Moreland received five of the last six starts at first base but will bow out of the lineup Sunday with southpaw Marco Gonzales on the mound for Seattle. The 33-year-old is 7-for-18 with six runs scored, three home runs and seven RBI over his last five games. Steve Pearce will start at first base and bat eighth in his absence.
Moreland went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk and a pair of runs scored in a victory over the Mariners on Saturday. Moreland has now homered in back-to-back games and in three of his last four contests. His latest home run -- his 12th of the season -- opened Boston's account in the second inning off Felix Hernandez. His .231/.319/.590 season slash line is good for a 131 wRC+.
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