Bauers will be on the bench against lefty Patrick Sandoval and the Angels on Monday. Bauers has started just once against a lefty all season, so it's no surprise to see him on the bench Monday. Josh Naylor will move in to first base in his absence, with Harold Ramirez getting the start in right field.
Bauers is not in the lineup Saturday at Seattle. Bauers is 1-for-11 in the past four games and will take a seat Saturday with Justus Sheffield starting for the Mariners. Josh Naylor will cover first base Saturday while Harold Ramirez starts in right field.
Bauers is not in the lineup Friday against the Reds. Bauers will take a seat for the second straight contest with southpaw Wade Miley pitching for Cincinnati. Josh Naylor will start at first base Friday for Cleveland.
Bauers will sit against southpaw Danny Duffy and the Royals on Thursday. Bauers is in a very clear platoon with Yu Chang at first base. He's started all but three games against righties while starting just once against a lefty. While the setup makes sense, it hasn't led to good results for Bauers, who's hitting just .188/.278/.292 on the year. Chang takes over in his absence Thursday.
Bauers will start at first base and bat second Wednesday against the Royals. Bauers moved into a part-time role in the second half of April while Josh Naylor picked up more work at first base, but he appears to have regained favor. After supplying a pinch-hit, two-run home run Tuesday, Bauers will rejoin the lineup for the third time in five games while hitting higher in the batting order than he has at any point this season. Manager Terry Francona had previously slotted Bauers in either the sixth, seventh or eighth spot in each of his previous 12 starts on the campaign.
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