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Red Sox at A’s lineup: Scoring runs is important

The Sox look to break a two-game skid in a matchup of starters with ERAs over 5.00.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins
Do this again.
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The offensively challenged Red Sox (21-10) warble into this afternoon’s game in Oakland (19-23) on yet another two-game losing streak. The game is at 4:05 p.m. on NESN.

Losing four in a row to the last-place A’s would be especially bad, and, having blown their best chance last night behind the incomparable Chris Sale, the increasingly disappointing Drew Pomeranz (5.29 ERA) gets the call today. He’ll be opposed by the similarly slow-starting Sean Manaea (5.52).

Changes to the routine: Hanley Ramirez moves up to fourth in the order, with Andrew Benintendi (CF) moving to sixth, behind Chris Young (LF). Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mitch Moreland sit, with Josh Rutledge playing 1B.

Maybe the Sox could score some runs today? Pretty please? It can’t hurt to dream. Here are the full lineups, dreamers:

Game 42, May 20, 2017: Red Sox at A’s

Lineup Spot Red Sox Athletics
Lineup Spot Red Sox Athletics
1 Mookie Betts, RF Rajai Davis, CF
2 Dustin Pedroia, 2B Mark Canha, RF
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Jed Lowrie, 2B
4 Hanley Ramirez, DH Khris Davis, LF
5 Chris Young, LF Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6 Andrew Benintendi, CF Ryon Healy, 1B
7 Josh Rutledge, 1B Chad Pinder, DH
8 Christian Vazquez, C Josh Phegley, C
9 Deven Marrero, 3B Adam Rosales, SS
SP Drew Pomeranz, LHP Sean Manaea, LHP