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Red Sox vs. Indians lineups: Chris Sale and the Sox go for another series win

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Happy Sale Day

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

It’s Sale Day, and I hope you all celebrate responsibly. It’s a special Sale Day, too, as the Red Sox have a chance to take three of four against this very good Indians team and stay at least 4.5 games up in the American League East. After Monday’s brutal loss, still finding a way to take the series despite two straight pitching mismatches — on paper, at least — would be a huge boost for the team.

On the other end, Cleveland is starting Trevor Bauer. The righty isn’t as talented as Carlos Carrasco or Corey Kluber, but he’s no pushover either. The last time the Red Sox went up against Bauer, they were totally shut down to the tune of eleven strikeouts over 6 23 innings. The righty tends to do that to opponents, as he strikes out ten batters per nine innings. The Red Sox will send a fairly typical lineup into Cleveland tonight, with Brock Holt once again manning left field. Rajai Davis isn’t starting, but he’s been activated and will be available off the bench for his first game in a Red Sox uniform. Here are the full lineups.

Lineup Spot Red Sox Indians
Lineup Spot Red Sox Indians
1 Eduardo Nuñez, 2B Francisco Lindor, SS
2 Mookie Betts, RF Austin Jackson, CF
3 Andrew Benintendi, CF Jose Ramirez, 2B
4 Hanley Ramirez, DH Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
5 Rafael Devers, 3B Jay Bruce, RF
6 Xander Bogaerts, SS Brandon Guyer, LF
7 Mitch Moreland, 1B Yandy Diaz, DH
8 Sandy Leon, C Roberto Perez, C
9 Brock Holt, LF Giovanny Urshela, 3B
SP Chris Sale, LHP Trevor Bauer, RHP