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Red Sox at Blue Jays lineup: Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em*

* As in “him,” Chris Sale. Which we do. So let’s smoke ‘em.

Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers
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It’s the best day of the week. It’s Chris Sale day. The Red Sox will look to bounce back after last night’s 3-0 loss to Francisco Liriano and the Jays, about which it’s hard to be too mad. The Jays groundballed Rick Porcello to death — “hit’em where they ain’t” remains a winning strategy, as does hitting them to fielders intent on making errors, as the Sox did yesterday. That said, the Sox couldn’t scratch a run off of Liriano, proving another winning strategy: It is good to have good pitchers on good days. A dominant lefty is a sight to behold, and we should see another one, today provided Sale can handle Kevin Pillar, Willie Mays-incarnate.

The Blue Jays counter Sale with Marco Estrada, who himself owned the Red Sox last year when he brought a no-hitter into the eighth inning of a June game, but he’s a righty, so screw him. Chris Young was the man to break it up, but he’s sitting today in favor of Brock Holt \o/. otherwise the lineup hasn’t changed much. Here’s the damage:

Game 16 at Blue Jays, April 20

Lineup Spot Red Sox Blue Jays
Lineup Spot Red Sox Blue Jays
1 Dustin Pedroia, 2B Kevin Pillar, CF
2 Andrew Benintendi, CF Jose Bautista, RF
3 Mookie Betts, RF Kendrys Morales, DH
4 Hanley Ramirez, DH Justin Smoak, 1B
5 Mitch Moreland, 1B Steve Pearce, LF
6 Xander Bogaerts, SS Darwin Barney, 3B
7 Pablo Sandoval, 3B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
8 Sandy Leon, C Devon Travis, 2B
9 Brock Holt, LF, \o/ Ryan Goins, SS
SP Chris Sale, LHP Marco Estrada, RHP