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Red Sox vs. Cubs lineups: Sox run it back against old ‘friend’ John Lackey

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Lackey might also make an appearance as Sox reliever Heath Hembree, because they might just be the same person.

Chicago Cubs v Boston Red Sox
Let’s run Craiggers back, too.
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The Red Sox (12-10) welcome the Cubs (12-9) to Fenway Park for the second of game of a three-game series today (4:05 p.m., NESN, FS1), less than 24 hours after Boston’s offense perked up for a big, ultimately game-winning 5-run first inning last night, ending what had been a brutal scoring drought as the bullpen held on for the win.

The offense look to continue its scoring ways against Red Sox alumnus John Lackey, who has done double duty this year both as the Cubs’ third-ish starter, posting a 4.88 ERA, and as Red Sox reliever Heath Hembree, who has been wonderful this year and is almost certainly just Lackey in a wig:

That, or it’s something out of The Prestige. Either way it’s creepy, and I hope we proverbially beat Lackey’s face in. The one with the Cubs cap atop it. Not Hembree’s.

Here’s who will attempt it this afternoon behind knuckleballer and budding souvenir distribution specialist Steven Wright. It’s the same lineup as yesterday’s winning one, which I believe marks the first time this season the Sox have repeated themselves whole-cloth, though I could be wrong. Hopefully the result is the same either way.

Anyhow, here you go:

Game 23, April 28, 2017 vs. Cubs

Lineup Spot Cubs Red Sox
Lineup Spot Cubs Red Sox
1 Kyle Schwarber, DH Xander Bogaerts, SS
2 Kris Bryant, 3B Andrew Benintendi, LF
3 Anthony Rizzo, 1B Mookie Betts, RF
4 Ben Zobrist, 2B Hanley Ramirez, DH
5 Jason Heyward, RF Mitch Moreland, 1B
6 Addison Russell, SS Dustin Pedroia, 2B
7 Miguel Montero, C Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
8 Albert Almora, CF Christian Vazquez, C
9 Jon Jay, LF Marco Hernandez, 3B
SP John Lackey, RHP Steven Wright, RHP