Benintendi is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Manager Alex Cora didn't want to lose J.D. Martinez's bat in Dodger Stadium, so Benintendi will take a seat while Martinez draws the start in right field. Look for Benintendi to join Friday's game as a defensive replacement for Martinez if the Red Sox hold a lead going into the final few innings.
Benintendi is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Benintendi started six of the last seven games and is 10-for-27 with six RBI in his last 31 plate appearances, but he'll nonetheless head to the bench for the regular-season finale. Brock Holt will start in left field and bat second for Boston. Benintendi has a .290/.366/.465 slash line with 16 home runs and 21 stolen bases in 579 at-bats this season, although he could still come off the bench Sunday.
Benintendi is not in the lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Benintendi will head to the bench for the second half of Wednesday's twin bill after going 3-for-6 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in Game 1 as the Red Sox cruised to a 19-3 victory. Sam Travis is starting in left field and hitting eighth in his stead.
Benintendi went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk and a stolen base in Monday's win over Baltimore. Benintendi collected his 23rd stolen base of the season in the bottom of the first inning and knocked in a run during the fourth on an infield single. The 24-year-old has put together a solid year at the dish, owning a .285/.363/.460 slash line with 16 home runs and 84 RBI through 145 games. He could see a few days off during the final week of the regular season to ensure he's well-rested for the playoffs.
Benintendi is not in Friday's starting nine against the Indians, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Benintendi will get the day off after the Red Sox clinched the division title Thursday night against the Yankees. Travis Sam draws the start in left field and will bat eighth with Benintendi on the bench.
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