Gonzalez sits, Kalish starts vs. Cubs


Gonzalez sits, Kalish starts vs. Cubs

The Red Sox will go into their prime-time matchup against the Cubs on Sunday night with a lineup that is anything but.

Adrian Gonzalez will sit to start the Sunday Night Baseball game at Wrigley Field. David Ortiz will start at first base while Scott Podsednik (left field), Ryan Kalish (center) and Darnell McDonald (right) make up the starting outfield.

Here's how Sunday's starting lineup looks:

1. Podsednik LF
2. Pedroia 2B
3. Youkilis 3B
4. Ortiz 1B
5. Aviles SS
6. McDonald RF
7. Shoppach C
8. KalishCF
9. Morales P

Morales is getting his first start of the season in place of Josh Beckett, who is on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

No Gonzalez. No Beckett. Surely what the country was hoping to see when they saw this game featured as the Sunday night game this week.

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros


Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.