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Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Back to (mostly) normal

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The Red Sox have all their starters back in action Wednesday night, but that means one conspicuous absence.

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The Red Sox have their full lineup back in action Wednesday night as they go for a series win against Nathan Karns and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Boston Red Sox (9-5)

  1. Mookie Betts, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
  5. Mike Napoli, 1B
  6. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  7. Shane Victorino, RF
  8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  9. Ryan Hanigan, C

Starting Pitcher -- Joe Kelly

Tampa Bay Rays (6-8)

  1. David DeJesus, DH
  2. Steven Souza Jr., RF
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Desmond Jennings, LF
  6. Allan Dykstra, 1B
  7. Logan Forsythe, 2B
  8. Kevin Kiermaier, CF
  9. Rene Rivera, C

Starting Pitcher -- Nathan Karns

You may notice that "normal" or "full strength" or anything like that still means "no Brock Holt," which seems to make the whole thing a bit of a misnomer. You will find few bigger Shane Victorino fans outside of Philadelphia, but even I have to admit at this point it's getting hard to watch the right fielder's continued struggles at the plate. Rusney Castillo may not be healthy yet, but Holt is.

Also of note: Mike Napoli batting ahead of Pablo Sandoval against the righty. John Farrell seems to prefer that formatio for now.

Following up Chris Archer with Nathan Karns should be something of a shock to Boston's system. In a good way. Where Archer is one of the best young arms in the game, Karns has thrown all of 41 innings in the majors, and they have not been particularly good. Nothing is automatic in this game, but after being stymied by Archer for so long, it's a relief to see someone less intimidating on the mound.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.

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