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Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: Betts sticks at cleanup for key game

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Mookie Betts holds onto his prominent position in the lineup Tuesday night as the Sox try to make it five straight wins and start off a big series on the right foot.

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It might only be for two games, but with Boston trailing by just one game in the A.L. East, the Red Sox are in Baltimore for a key series against the Orioles.


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Adam Jones, CF
Xander Bogaerts, SS Jonathan Schoop, 2B
David Ortiz, DH Manny Machado, 3B
Mookie Betts, RF Mark Trumbo, RF
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Steve Pearce, DH
Aaron Hill, 3B Chris Davis, 1B
Travis Shaw, 1B Matt Wieters, C
Sandy Leon, C J.J. Hardy, SS
Andrew Benintendi, LF Nolan Reimold, LF
Starting Pitcher -- Eduardo Rodriguez Starting Pitcher -- Yovani Gallardo

The Red Sox seem pleased with Mookie Betts' move to the center of the order, and will continue with the cleanup variation for another day, with Jackie Bradley Jr. batting fifth in place of Hanley Ramirez. Hopefully the power surge continues from Bradley, who had been dealing with his first actual slump since he caught fire back in late April  right up until he went yard in each of the last two games.

For Rodriguez, it's a chance for another bit of redemption. Since returning to action in July, Rodriguez has only faced one of the teams that dealt him so much damage in the first half of the season, and that was the Twins. The Orioles were just about the only team he managed to do even halfway decent work against back in his season debut, but he survived a ton of long fly balls, and then surrendered five runs in four against them later in June. This is a good chance to show just how much things have changed since then.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, WEEI, and the MLB Network.