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Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Sox try something different, go with more of the same

The Red Sox have no changes to the batting order tonight. Which is, in itself, a change of pace for a team as tumultuous as these Sox.

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There's been a lot of names changing and positions being shuffled about in the Red Sox lineup of late, which makes the decision to go with the same nine in the same order as on Thursday an unusual change of pace.

Mookie Betts - CF Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Brock Holt - 2B Joey Butler - DH
Xander Bogaerts - SS Evan Longoria - 3B
David Ortiz - DH David DeJesus - LF
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Logan Forsythe - 2B
Mike Napoli - 1B Steven Souza - RF
Alejandro De Aza - LF Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Blake Swihart - C Marc Krauss - 1B
Jackie Bradley - RF Curt Casali - C
Rick Porcello - RHP Alex Colome - RHP

Stability is nice for it's own sake on some level, even if the same old, same old hasn't exactly worked for the Red Sox at any given point this year. But really the best news is seeing Jackie Bradley Jr. in right field again tonight. Granted, Boston's options are limited, and this will be more impressive/interesting when, say, Shane Victorino is available again. But if Bradley is going to get that last chance to prove himself a major league player, he's going to need consistent playing time--nothing will be proven if he's getting three at bats every four games. It's just two in a row for now, but it has to start somewhere.

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