The lineup on the field Monday featured a catcher starting at second base and a first baseman/DH patrolling left field. The usual DH was in right field, the usual right fielder was in center and the second baseman was (again) the DH.
And yet, the defense was the least of the Red Sox' issues in the annual Patriots Day game at Fenway.
Christian Vazquez, making his first appearance at second in the big leagues, handled the few chances sent his way, and Steve Pearce, in the outfield for the first time as a member of the Sox, executed a nice sliding catch in the sixth.
Nope, the defense was fine.
Everything else? Not so good.
The Red Sox wrapped up their first homestand of the season with a 3-3 mark. Ordinarily, that wouldn't be grounds for excessive concern, despite the fact they played at .703 clip at home last year. Small sample size, early in the year, yadda, yadda.