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Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Leon sits as Sox look for series win

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Sandy Leon is out of the lineup as the Sox try to take a series win from the Rays.

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The Red Sox are out for their first series win in four attempts Tuesday night as they send a streaking Drew Pomeranz to the mound against the Rays.


Dustin Pedroia, 2B Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS Kevin Kiermaier, CF
David Ortiz, DH Evan Longoria, 3B
Mookie Betts, RF Brad Miller, 1B
Hanley Ramirez, 1B Matt Duffy, DH
Travis Shaw, 3B Tim Beckham, SS
Brock Holt, LF Steven Souza Jr., RF
Bryan Holaday, C Corey Dickerson, LF
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Luke Maile, C
Starting Pitcher -- Drew Pomeranz Starting Pitcher -- Jake Odorizzi

Travis Shaw is all the was up to the sixth spot in the order as the one cold bat in Boston's lineup that showed real signs of turning things around yesterday against Matt Andriese. It seems like one of the various struggling players--Shaw, Bogaerts, and Bradley being the most obvious bunch--will show up in any given game, with Xander in particular having put on a brief burst of offense a few days back, but the Red Sox haven't seen all three going at once in a very long time.

Drew Pomeranz, on the other hand, continues firing on all cylinders. The last time he took the mound against this very Rays team, he was the hard-luck 2-1 loser in the game where the Red Sox hit a bunch of line drives directly into Tampa Bay gloves. He's held opponents to one or two runs in each of his last five starts, and while his ERA is still inflated from those two rough early starts, he more-or-less looks like the guy the Red Sox were expecting when they agreed to trade Anderson Espinoza to the Padres.

If there's a big question for Pomeranz at this point, it's just how deep he can get into games. For all that he's kept teams off the board, Pomeranz has only completed the sixth inning in two of those five games, and only once pitched successfully into the seventh and beyond (he faced two batters in the seventh last time, surrendering two hits and the go-ahead run). For another team, that might not be a huge deal, but the middle innings are dangerous territory for these Red Sox, even when they've got a reasonably well rested pen coming off last night's blowout win. At this point, I almost think they'd take seven innings with three earned (as Porcello gave them) over five shutout.

Well, maybe not against Odorizzi? It's hard to say.

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