Alex Cora is getting creative for Thursday's matinee against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
The Boston Red Sox are rolling out a unique lineup for Thursday's 12:37 p.m. ET game that features Michael Chavis leading off and playing first base, Mookie Betts serving as the designated hitter and Steve Pearce playing left field for just the fourth time this season.
Boston's game of lineup musical chairs gives Mitch Moreland the day off, while J.D. Martinez will miss his fourth consecutive game due to illness.
The Red Sox also are making changes on the bump, as right-hander Ryan Weber will make his first start in a Boston uniform. The 28-year-old has allowed one run in eight innings with seven strikeouts over three relief appearances with Boston since getting called up on May 6.
The Sox will have a different bullpen behind Weber, too, as they placed Tyler Thornburg on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip impingement Thursday while recalling right-hander Travis Lakins.
Toronto will counter with left-hander Clayton Richard, who makes his 2019 season debut after returning from a right knee injury.
Here are the Red Sox's and Blue Jays' lineups for Thursday's game, which is set for 12:37 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre.
BOSTON RED SOX (26-23)
Michael Chavis, 1B
Mookie Betts, DH
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Rafael Devers, 3B
Steve Pearce, LF
Andrew Benintendi, CF
Christian Vázquez, C
Eduardo Nunez, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF
Ryan Weber, RHP (0-0, 1.13 ERA)
TORONTO BLUE JAYS (20-29)
Eric Sogard, 2B
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
Justin Smoak, DH
Rowdy Tellez, 1B
Brandon Drury, LF
Freddy Galvis, SS
Bill McKinney, RF
Danny Jansen, C
Jonathan Davis, CF
Clayton Richard, LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
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