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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineups: Sox again need Wright to play stopper

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3 losses, 3 wins, 3 losses. The Red Sox have to hope they at least complete the cycle by starting another streak today.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Boston's three game lead in the American League East has vanished in as many days, and now the Blue Jays sit just 2.5 back of them and the Orioles alike.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Mookie Betts, RF Jose Bautista, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Michael Saunders, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS Edwin Encarnacion, DH
David Ortiz, DH Justin Smoak, 1B
Hanley Ramirez, 1B Devon Travis, 2B
Travis Shaw, 3B Russell Martin, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Kevin Pillar, CF
Blake Swihart, LF Darwin Barney, SS
Ryan Hanigan, C Ryan Goins, 3B
Starting Pitcher -- Steven Wright Starting Pitcher -- Marcus Stroman

The Red Sox need a win. More than one, in fact. But they have to start with Saturday's game, and they need Steven Wright to get them there.

Marcus Stroman hasn't been all that good this year, in no small part because the Red Sox put up 12 on the young pitcher in the two games they've faced him. But R.A. Dickey hasn't been good in years, and that didn't mean the Red Sox could hit him last night.

The Sox could especially use some offense from the middle of their order in Travis Shaw and Hanley Ramirez, who have done very little of late. If they don't start producing, it'll only be so long before Jackie Bradley Jr. shifts further up in their places.

First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.