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Red Sox vs. Tigers lineups: Sox face tall task to get back on track

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If the Red Sox want to jump right back into the win column, they'll have to take down Michael Fulmer in Detroit.

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The Red Sox are back to full strength, but face the challenge of recovering from one big gut-punch of a loss Friday night as they face Michael Fulmer and the Tigers.


Dustin Pedroia, 2B Ian Kinsler, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS Erick Aybar, SS
David Ortiz, DH Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Mookie Betts, RF Victor Martinez, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B J.D. Martinez, RF
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Tyler Collins, LF
Sandy Leon, C Casey McGehee, 3B
Brock Holt, 3B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Andrew Benintendi, LF Andrew Romine, CF
Starting Pitcher -- Rick Porcello Starting Pitcher -- Michael Fulmer

It's good to see the full lineup back together, but a shame they come back with a snapped winning streak and quite a bit of work to do against a tough opponent in Fulmer. Since the Sox managed to at least get a few off him at the end of July in a 4-3 loss, he's allowed all of three runs in nearly 23 innings of work as he continues to establish himself as one of the game's better young pitchers.

At the very least they've got a strong starter to throw against him in Rick Porcello. It figures to be a bit of a pitcher's duel tonight. It's just unfortunate for the Red Sox that they've pulled the guy with the American League's best ERA. It's not going to be easy to win this one, but then again, the Sox weren't exactly supposed to even come close in Yesterday's game, and they were one dumb bullpen move away from coming away with that one.

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