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Red Sox vs. Cardinals lineup: My theory is that Rick Porcello should stop giving up dongs

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Will the Cardinals go HAM anyway? Is Rick roast pork? And do I have regrets about these puns? Last part first: No.

Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox
Something walloped this way comes.
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The Red Sox (67-51) look to begin another winning streak when they face their interleague rivals, the butthead Cardinals (61-57), in the first matchup of a two game series tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m.).

The Cards are surging toward a playoff spot (because of course they are), having, like the Red Sox, recently run off an eight-game winning streak. They send Mike Leake (3.48 ERA) to the mound against Rick Porcello (4.63 ERA), a man who gives up dongs -- 8 over his last 4 games — and, amazingly, won the 2016 American League Cy Young Award. Still. They can’t take it away or anything. Believe me, they checked.

Rafael Devers hits fifth, tied for his highest mark of the season for blindingly obvious reasons, with Mitch Moreland playing first base and batting seventh. Let’s do some damage to the Best Fans in Baseball, mmkay? Here are the full lineups:

Game 118, August 15, 2017 vs. Cardinals

Batting Order Cardinals Red Sox
Batting Order Cardinals Red Sox
1 Matt Carpenter, 1B Eduardo Nunez, 2B
2 Tommy Plam, LF Mookie Betts, RF
3 Paul DeJong, SS Andrew Benintendi, LF
4 Dexter Fowler, CF Hanley Ramirez, DH
5 Yadier Molina, C Rafael Devers, 3B
6 Jedd Gyorko, 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS
7 Kolten Wong, 2B Mitch Moreland, 1B
8 Jose Martinez, DH Sandy Leon, C
9 Randall Grichuk, RF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
SP Mike Leake, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP