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Red Sox at Athletics lineup: Introducing Hector Velazquez; Benintendi sits

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Hanley Ramirez bats cleanup in the scuffling outfielder’s place.

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The Red Sox (21-18) look to win their third straight behind 28-year-old rookie Hector Velazquez tonight in Oakland against the (17-23) Athletics (10:05 p.m., NESN).

Velazquez pitched seven years in Mexico before being signed by the Sox in the offseason and put up a 1.55 ERA over 29 innings in Pawtucket with a 20:5 K:BB ratio over that time. He’ll face off again the otherwise always injured Sonny Gray (3.76 ERA). Here are the full lineups:

Game 40, May 18, 2017 at A’s

Lineup Spot Red Sox Atheltics
Lineup Spot Red Sox Atheltics
1 Mookie Betts, RF Rajai Davis, CF
2 Dustin Pedroia, 2B Matt Joyce, RF
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Jed Lowrie, 2B
4 Hanley Ramirez, DH Khris Davis, LF
5 Mitch Moreland, 1B Ryon Healy, 1B
6 Chris Young, LF Stephen Vogt, C
7 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Trevor Plouffe, 3B
8 Christian Vazquez, C Chad Pinder, DH
9 Deven Marrero, 3B Adam Rosales, SS
SP Hector Velazquez, RHP Sonny Gray, RHP