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Red Sox at White Sox lineup: Benintendi, Moreland, Sandoval return, so mostly good

The Sox will take the series from the Sox tonight on the South Side. That's a guarantee.

Boston Red Sox v Chicago White Sox
The pitcher said “D’oh.”
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The Red Sox (28-23) look to continue last night’s homer barrage as they look to take the final game of a three-game series against the White Sox (24-27) at Frank Thomas Field* on the South Side tonight (8:10 p.m., NESN).

Fan favorite Drew Pomeranz (4.70 ERA), coming off by far his best start of the season in the record-tying** team 20-strikeout effort against the Rangers last week. He’ll face off against Mike Pelfrey (4.41), the most on-brand White Sox Mike since Mike Sirotka.

On offense, Andrew Benintendi starts for the first time in three games and bats second, while Mitch Moreland returns to first base and bats cleanup in place of Hanley Ramirez. Pablo Sandoval will serve as designated hitter, which is hopefully more than a good comedy joke.

I’m feeling a little loopy today, as you can probably bird. Here are the full lineups:

Game 52, May 31, 2017 at White Sox

Lineup Spot Red Sox White Sox
Lineup Spot Red Sox White Sox
1 Mookie Betts, RF Leury Garcia, CF
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Melky Cabrera, LF
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Jose Abreu, 1B
4 Mitch Moreland, 1B Todd Frazier, 3B
5 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Avisail Garcia, RF
6 Josh Rutledge, 2B Matt Davidson, DH
7 Pablo Sandoval, DH Tim Anderson, SS
8 Christian Vazquez, C Kevan Smith, C
9 Deven Marrero, 3B Yolmer Sanchez, 2B
SP Drew Pomeranz, LHP Mike Pelfrey, RHP

* Dare to dream

** This should be an asterisk, but since I’m using asterisks to signal endnotes, I had to put two. Therefore it’s an endnote. But the endnote is just * for reasons that don’t matter to ultimately matter to the record book, especially because Chris Sale is gonna strike out 22 at some point this year. That’s right — right past 21. Guy’s an animal.