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Game 8: Red Sox vs. Nationals

Everyone in the game thread, we've got an early departure time tonight!

Today's Lineups

Yunel Escobar - 3B Mookie Betts - CF
Jayson Werth - LF Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Bryce Harper - RF David Ortiz - DH
Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Hanley Ramirez - LF
Clint Robinson - DH Pablo Sandoval - 3B
Wilson Ramos - C Mike Napoli - 1B
Ian Desmond - SS Daniel Nava - RF
Danny Espinosa - 2B Ryan Hanigan - C
Michael Taylor - CF Brock Holt - SS
Stephen Strasburg - RHP Justin Masterson - RHP

Apparently these 6 PM start times are a thing for the Sox. At least at home. On Weeknights. In April. I'm not sure I fully understand it either. It amounts to just four games--this one, and then the full series against Toronto at the end of the month--but it's certainly unusual. Maybe they're trying to avoid the coldest hours of night this early on, or maybe it's in an attempt to let kids catch the full game while school is still in session. Then again, you'd think in that case these early starts would extend into May and resume in September.

Whatever the case, we've got baseball now instead of in an hour, and I can think of far worse things than that.

Go Sox!