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Red Sox at Mariners lineup: New-look platoon behind E-Rod; Bogaerts scratched

Eduardo Rodriguez will face James Paxton in a tasty pitching matchup.

Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles
Put’em to sleep, buddy.
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The Red Sox (55-45) visit Seattle, aka Bizarro Boston, to begin a three-game series with the Mariners (49-51) tonight behind Eduardo Rodriguez (3.66 ERA; 10:10 p.m., NESN). They’ll have a tough task facing lefty James Paxton (3.06 ERA), against whom they’ll throw a platoon lineup that sees Andrew Benintendi batting second with Hanley Ramirez batting cleanup and playing first base. Jackie Bradley Jr. slides up to the five-hole, one spot ahead of DH Chris Young. Deven Marrero gets the start at shortstop (Xander Bogaerts was a late scratch) and bats seventh whike Brock Holt \o/ is at third and batting ninth with Rafael Devers in uniform, but sitting on the bench. SOON, though. Be excited — but maybe not too excited. (Still, excited.)

Today’s great Red Sox lesson, though, comes courtesy of Dan Shaughnessy of all people: Don’t be jerks. A high bar to clear, I know, but a good number of Red Sox seem determine not to clear it, David Price foremost among them. Enough about that. Check out Matt Collins’s series preview here, and read below for the full lineups:

Game 101, July 24, 2017 at Mariners

Batting Order Red Sox Mariners
Batting Order Red Sox Mariners
1 Mookie Betts, RF Jean Segura, SS
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Danny Valencia, 1B
3 Dustin Pedroia, 2B Robinson Cano, 2B
4 Hanley Ramirez, 1B Nelson Cruz, DH
5 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Kyle Seager, 3B
6 Chris Young, DH Mitch Haniger, RF
7 Deven Marrero, SS Ben Gamel, LF
8 Christian Vazquez, C Guillermo Heredia, CF
9 Brock Holt \o/, 3B Mike Zunino, C
SP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP James Paxton, LHP