Vazquez has played one major league inning at first base, the ninth inning of an 11-4 blowout of the Detroit Tigers on April 24.
Vazquez is hitting .302 with a career-high 15 homers (he's never had more than five in a full season) and in July, he's hitting .400 with four homers and eight RBI, including a home run in an 8-1 victory on Friday night. Sale's ERA is more than three runs higher with Vazquez behind the plate this season than with Leon (6.68 to 2.96).
And with Sale (3-8, 4.04 ERA overall) struggling in his last start (five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings) with Vazquez catching, this lineup against Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling (3-3, 3.79) appears to be Cora's answer to that conundrum:
Vazquez started at second base earlier this season and has played some third as his career year at the plate has kept him in the lineup.
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