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Red Sox at Orioles lineup: Pedroia, Benintendi sit; also, some runs would be nice

The Red Sox haven’t scored much recently, but that ought to change today, even with some stars out. They might be dumb and fight, too.

Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles
Hit the ball. (All of you, not just Hanley.)
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Can we call innings one through nine “regulation time” despite the fact they are not timed? If so, the Red Sox have scored one run in the last 27 innings of regulation time. That is bad, and it is a problem that supersedes whatever malice you choose to read into Manny Machado’s poor feet-first slide into Dustin Pedroia last night, and whatever payback you decide is warranted. The Sox are much better served working to wake up their bats than threatening to throw down in Poe-town, even — especially — with Pedroia missing today’s game (7:05 p.m., NESN) as a result.

The good news is that might just work itself out on its own. Not for nothing, the Sox got blistered by Francisco Liriano, Marco Estrada and Dylan Bundy on their best days. It happens, but it usually doesn’t happen three days in a row, and rarely still a fourth no matter who’s pitching, but especially not when it’s Jayson Aquino, a 24-year old lefty groundballer making his major league debut. If the Sox have simply been flailing away against superior pitchers and are not somehow collectively flawed (they are not), they should fare much better today (and might not).

Certainly now would be the ideal time to release the hounds at the plate, so to speak. They’ll need all the runs they can get. Steven Wright has an 8.36 ERA through three starts this year, with two additional unearned runs piled atop that. Now he’s facing a team that hits home runs by the Poe-load. Which I guess is a lot, but I’m not sure, as it’s an inside-Baltimore thing that I just made up.

Xander Bogaerts is back in the starting lineup, hitting leadoff in Pedey’s place and Andrew Benintendi is sitting because life isn’t fair and he has a regular day off. Jackie Bradley Jr. makes a big jump to the second spot in the batting order. Here’s the full fight card:

Game 18, April 22, 2017 at Baltimore

Lineup Spot Red Sox Orioles
Lineup Spot Red Sox Orioles
1 Xander Bogaerts, SS Craig Gentry, LF
2 Jackie Bradley Jr. CF Adam Jones, CF
3 Mookie Betts, RF Manny Machado, 3B
4 Hanley Ramirez, DH Mark Trumbo, RF
5 Mitch Moreland, 1B Chris Davis, 1B
6 Chris Young, LF Trey Mancini, DH
7 Sandy Leon, C Jonathan Schoop, 2B
8 Pablo Sandoval, 3B J.J. Hardy, SS
9 Marco Hernandez 2B Caleb Joseph, C
SP Steven Wright, RHP Jayson Aquino, LHP