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Betts returns as Red Sox chase clinch at Yankee Stadium

September 19, 2018
Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts hits a sacrifice fly that scored Rafael Devers during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts is back in Boston’s lineup, hitting leadoff as the designated hitter while the Red Sox try to clinch the AL East at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

Betts was pulled from a game Sunday with a left side injury. After the team’s day off Monday, Betts was held out of the lineup Tuesday night against New York.

Manager Alex Cora originally had Betts slated to play center field Tuesday, but when rain pushed back the scheduled first pitch about six hours, Cora sat the AL MVP candidate to keep him away from the soggy conditions.

Boston can lock up the division with a victory. It would mark the second time in three years the Red Sox celebrated a division title in the Bronx.

Betts leads the majors with a .337 average and also has 29 homers, 28 steals and 72 RBIs as Boston’s leadoff man.

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