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“He took some of the most ferocious hacks you’ve ever seen. He’d square up balls. He ran every ball out. He’s a treat, very accountable.”

But on Friday, Beltre headed to Los Angeles. On Saturday, the man he replaced at third base will be in the spotlight.

Somehow, Lowell is still in Boston after nearly being traded and will be in the lineup after spending most of the season on the bench.

“It’s Mike Lowell Day, right?” Francona said. “He’s playing. If they give out bobbleheads, he’s definitely playing.”