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Red Sox at Cardinals lineup: Forget the news, stop the Leake

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The Red Sox look for two in a row in the gateway to the west.

Boston Red Sox v Minnesota Twins
Mitchie needs to two-bag it again, imho.
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The Red Sox (20-18) look to continue tormenting the Best Fans in Baseball when they take on the Cardinals (21-16) tonight at Busch Stadium and on national television, hoping for their second straight win (8:00 p.m., NESN, ESPN out-of-market).

Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (4.01 ERA) takes on Cardinals righthander Mike Leake (1.94 ERA), of whom Over the Monster site manager Matt Collins recently wrote: “Heading into this season, Leake was perhaps the most boring pitcher in the league.” So that’s fun. He doesn’t strike out a ton of guys and relies on a sinker to induce ground balls. If the Sox can put it in the air, they should have a chance as long as Porcello can stop the Cardinals from doing the same.

God bless Craig Kimbrel. Here are the full lineups:

Game 39, May 17, 2017 at Cardinals

Lineup Spot Red Sox Cardinals
Lineup Spot Red Sox Cardinals
1 Mookie Betts, RF Dexter Fowler, CF
2 Dustin Pedroia, 2B Tommy Pham, LF
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Matt Carpenter, 1B
4 Andrew Benintendi, LF Jedd Gyorko, 3B
5 Mitch Moreland, 1B Yadier Molina, C
6 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Aledmys Diaz, SS
7 Sandy Leon, C Magneuris Sierra, RF
8 Deven Marrero, 3B Kolten Wong, 2B
9 Rick Porcello, P Mike Leake, P
SP Rick Porcello, RHP Mike Leake, RHP