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Red Sox vs. Rays: Dustin Pedroia returns, Sox go for sweep

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Dustin Pedroia is back in the lineup, and Jon Lester is on the mound as the Red Sox try to complete their sweep of the Rays.

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The Red Sox will have Dustin Pedroia back in the lineup and Jon Lester on the mound as they try to make it seven straight wins with a sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Today's Lineups

Ben Zobrist - RF Brock Holt - 1B
Yunel Escobar - SS Xander Bogaerts - SS
Evan Longoria - 3B Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Jerry Sands - DH David Ortiz - DH
Sean Rodriguez - LF Jonny Gomes - LF
D. Jennings - CF Alex Hassan - RF
James Loney - 1B David Ross - C
Jose Molina - C Jackie Bradley - CF
Logan Forsythe - 2B J. Herrera - 3B
Erik Bedard - LHP Jon Lester - LHP

So this is weird. Alex Hassan batting sixth, Brock Holt at first base...

Oh well, the Red Sox have Bogaerts, Pedroia, and Ortiz batting 2-3-4, with Jonny-Gomes-vs.-a-lefty fifth. That's a pretty reasonable core, particularly given the way Holt has been hitting up top.

And, of course, with Jon Lester on the mound the starting nine don't necessarily have to be all that great for the Red Sox to have a chance. Lester hasn't exactly been dominant of late, but he fought through his last outing reasonably well.

First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.