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Red Sox vs. Rangers lineups: Order unchanged against Alexi Ogando

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The same lineup? I can't imagine why...

Jim Rogash

What do you do to a lineup that scored 17 runs just 24 hours ago?

Nothing, nothing at all.

Boston Red Sox (36-23)

  1. Daniel Nava, RF
  2. Mike Carp, LF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  7. Stephen Drew, SS
  8. Jose Iglesias, 3B
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Starting Pitcher -- John Lackey

Texas Rangers (36-22)

  1. Elvis Andrus, SS
  2. David Murphy, LF
  3. Lance Berkman, DH
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  5. Nelson Cruz, RF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Mitch Moreland, 1B
  8. Jurickson Profar, 2B
  9. Leonys Martin, CF

Starting Pitcher -- Alexi Ogando

While it would be nice to just score 17 runs every night, somehow that doesn't seem terribly sustainable, even if John Farrell is sticking to the exact same lineup that got the job done last night. More sustainable is that whole "good pitching, good hitting" schtick, and for half of that the Red Sox will turn to John Lackey tonight.

Lackey's last start against the Phillies was not spectacular, but it was solid. The key this year is that those "solid" games, if they are rare exceptions, are oddly enough exceptions to the spectacular performances. The Rangers, however, are no pushovers with the bat. Lackey's actual pitching tonight will have to be improved over that last outing even if he wants to just keep the results in line.

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