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Red Sox vs. Pirates: The interleague scourge persists

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Pitchers hitting in September? What kind of terrible world do we live in?!

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Joe Robbins

The Red Sox will play National League baseball yet again Tuesday night as they send Anthony Ranaudo to the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who hold a slim lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for the the second NL Wild Card spot.

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Mookie Betts - 2B Josh Harrison - 3B
Xander Bogaerts - SS Travis Snider - RF
Daniel Nava - RF Andrew McCutchen - CF
Yoenis Cespedes - LF Neil Walker - 2B
Mike Napoli - 1B Russell Martin - C
Will Middlebrooks - 3B Starling Marte - LF
Jackie Bradley - CF Ike Davis - 1B
Christian Vazquez - C Jordy Mercer - SS
Anthony Ranaudo - RHP Charlie Morton - RHP

You would think that, with the Red Sox so completely buried in the standings and this year a complete loss, that baseball would just let us off the hook by this point and give us an easy ride into the offseason.

Nope, instead it's time for pitchers hitting in September because this is apparently what everyone in the league office thinks makes for a good time, sadists that they are. Sure, the Red Sox haven't exactly been clambering to fit everyone into the lineup on an everyday basis anymore, so the loss of the DH doesn't exactly hurt.

But man, who wants to see Anthony Ranaudo swinging the bat? Hell, I'm not even sure I want to see him pitch given the way that's gone in his first five major league games.

But we don't have a choice, us slaves to the game. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

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