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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineups: Joe Kelly out to set a trend

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One good start is a positive sign. Is two a trend? Perhaps not, but it would be getting a lot closer.

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Coming off one excellent start, Joe Kelly will try to prove it was no fluke by dealing with a Bautista-free Blue Jays team and getting the Red Sox back in the win column.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Mookie Betts, RF Ezequiel Carrera, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Josh Donaldson, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Travis Shaw, 1B Michael Saunders, LF
Hanley Ramirez, DH Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Justin Smoak, 1B
Marco Hernandez, 3B Russell Martin, C
Christian Vazquez, C Devon Travis, 2B
Blake Swihart, LF Kevin Pillar, CF
Starting Pitcher -- Joe Kelly Starting Pitcher -- Aaron Sanchez

While the Jays are without Bautista due to his suspension, the Red Sox are without David Ortiz for what seems to be another maintenance day. They seem to be awfully frequent, but this is actually just his fifth of the year (including one in Atlanta), and you certainly can't argue with the results.

Certainly the Red Sox want to score more than the two they put up against Jon Gray. And certainly they want to leave with the win. But above all, you have to imagine they're focused in on Joe Kelly repeating what he did against the Indians. Can he pull it off? Regular readers will know I have my doubts. But getting serviceable starts from Joe Kelly could make Boston a lot less desperate at the trade deadline.

First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. ET because Toronto is weird that way with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.