MINNEAPOLIS -- It's rare that a mistake is harmless for a Major League manager, but that's what Bobby Valentine's lineup confusion amounted to Wednesday before the Red Sox's 7-6 win over the Twins.
Valentine thought Twins starter Liam Hendriks was a left-hander, so he posted the standard lineup Boston runs out against southpaws. Hendriks, who lasted four-plus innings and gave up seven runs, is a right-hander. Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who would've been on the bench for a second day in a row in favor of Kelly Shoppach, pointed out the mistake to Valentine.
"It happens," Valentine said. "I talked to [Saltalamacchia a day earlier] and I thought I alluded to the fact that he could get two days in a row [off] with the left-hander [Wednesday]."
"I was a little bit [confused]," Saltalamacchia said. "It all worked out. I was just wondering. I guess what happened is that he thought he was a lefty. That's why I was kind of wondering. I was kind of like, 'Well, you know ...' I knew it was a righty. We got it figured out."
The only other difference in personnel in the originally posted lineup was Darnell McDonald starting instead of Ryan Sweeney. McDonald entered anyway when Cody Ross exited early because of left knee soreness.