By Sean McAdam
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PHILADELPHIA -- The new less-than-perfect defensive alignment didn't do in the Red Sox Wednesday night, and unlike last week, neither did John Lackey.
Instead, the same thing that has dogged the club for the last week -- a punchless offense -- led to their sixth loss in their last seven tries, a 2-1 setback to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Lackey, who couldn't get out of the fourth inning at rain-soaked Fenway last week, allowed just two runs in 7 23 innings and knocked in the only run of night for the Sox with a booming two-out double to dead center in the fifth inning.
Other than that, however, the Sox managed just four other hits -- all singles -- and have scored just one run in their last 20 innings.
Raul Ibanez smoked a ball into the right field seats in the seventh to snap a 1-1 tie as the Phils improved their Major League Baseball-best record to 51-30.
The Phils grabbed a 1-0 lead off Lackey in the second when Shane Victorino doubled down the left field line and scored on a single by Ibanez.
The Sox could do little against rookie Vance Worley. Their only run came in the fifth when Josh Reddick singled to right with one out and rode home on Lackey's 400-foot double.
That inning marked the only time the Sox had runners in scoring position all night.
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Yoan Moncada, who has thrived in Double-A Portland, could make the jump to the big club like Andrew Benintendi
The Boston Red Sox close out their three-game series against the Kansas City Royals without second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Brock Holt will be at second base for Pedroia who will miss the game, reportedly attending to a family matter.
Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.11 ERA) will be on the mound for the Sox, facing off against Yordano Ventura (9-9, 4.27 ERA).
Paulo Orlando CF
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
Lorenzo Cain RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Salvador Perez C
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Raul Mondesi 2B
Yordano Ventura RHP
Brock Holt 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Sandy Leon C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP
BOSTON -- Blake Swihart was in a cast on a knee scooter entering the clubhouse today, and was all smiles when he said he’d be taking his cast off Monday to get started with his rehabilitation process.
He’s been cleared to start lifting right away, and it is expected that Swihart will be ready for Spring Training.
“My ankle feels good. I’m not in any pain at all,” Swihart said. “I think in the middle of the off-season I’ll be able to get into baseball shape.”
Swihart will be rehabbing to play both catcher and left field. The top-tier catching prospect wouldn’t say which he preferred when asked, and instead said “whatever gets me on the field.”
A timetable for running has yet to be established for Swihart, but the 24-year-old will meet with the doctor within the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, he plans to continue supporting his teammates race towards the postseason.
“It’s hard, I want to be out there with them, but at least I get to come in and be there with them during the whole thing,” Swihart said. “It’s a lot of fun seeing them, the way they’re playing. It’s awesome.