Moreland is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Indians, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Moreland remains on the bench for the fourth time in the last six games as Steve Pearce starts at first base for the Red Sox. Moreland has earned every game on the bench as he is slashing .178/.247/.311 in 135 at-bats since the All-Star break.
Moreland is out of the lineup against the Yankees on Thursday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Moreland will head to the bench for the third time in the past five games, with this one coming against right-hander Masahiro Tanaka on the bump for New York. Dating back to Aug. 25, Moreland is slashing just .116/.240/.140 with one RBI and 14 strikeouts in 16 games, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to see manager Alex Cora go in a different direction as Boston looks to avoid a sweep. In Moreland's place, Blake Swihart will man first base.
Moreland will hit the bench Tuesday against left-hander J.A. Happ and the Yankees, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Moreland hasn't been strictly in a platoon role this season but has still largely been in against righties and out against lefties. As usual, Steve Pearce gets the start at first base in his absence.
Moreland is out of the lineup against the Mets on Saturday, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. Moreland will head to the bench after going 0-for-3 during Friday's contest. Steve Pearce will start at first base and bat fifth in Boston's order.
Moreland is not starting Tuesday against southpaw Ryan Borucki and the Blue Jays, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Moreland sits for the second straight game with the Red Sox facing a second consecutive lefty. Steve Pearce will again start at first base. Boston lines up to face five righties in a row starting Wednesday, so Moreland should be back in the lineup on a regular basis soon.
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