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Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Same order for Sox vs. Jeremy Hellickson

The Red Sox have their second of three chances to close out the Rays Tuesday night. Will they capitalize this time?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox will try again to close out the Rays Tuesday night, sending the same lineup to the plate against Jeremy Hellickson as they did against Alex Cobb.

Boston Red Sox (2-1)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Shane Victorino, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B
  6. Daniel Nava, LF
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  8. Stephen Drew, SS
  9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

Starting Pitcher -- Jake Peavy

Tampa Bay Rays (1-2)

  1. David DeJesus, Lf
  2. Wil Myers, RF
  3. James Loney, 1B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  6. Desmond Jennings, CF
  7. Kelly Johnson, DH
  8. Yunel Escobar, SS
  9. Jose Lobaton, C

Starting Pitcher -- Jeremy Hellickson

There's a pretty big difference between Hellickson and Cobb, to be sure. Cobb was one of the most effective pitchers in the game, Hellickson one of the least. But you wouldn't necessarily know that by looking at his results against the Red Sox during the regular season. Hellickson holds a 3.44 ERA against the Red Sox in 20 innings of work this year, with a 5:1 K:BB to go with it.

And even if they do get past Hellickson, the Rays have Chris Archer ready to go long behind him on a moment's notice. Their results against Archer have been better than Hellickson this year, but he's not an easy opponent by any stretch of the imagination.

No, it seems there's still no such thing as a free playoff win.

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