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Red Sox at Rays lineup: Pedroia returns, Hanley sits, lineup shuffled for Chris Sale

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Mookie Betts is batting cleanup, while Eduardo Nunez plays second base and leads of.

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Happy Sale Day! The Red Sox (63-49) look to win their seventh straight game when they face the Rays (58-55) in the first matchup of a two-game series tonight in St. Petersburg (7:10 p.m., NESN). It’ll be Chris Sale (2.70 ERA), coming off a rocky start that ended up becoming Boston’s biggest win of the year, against Austin Pruitt (5.65 ERA), who the Sox saw in April when he was relieving games for Tampa Bay. Advantage: Red Sox.

There’s a lot of shuffling in the lineup, with Dustin Pedroia returning from the disabled list to DH and bat second. Eduardo Nunez the GOAT leads off and plays second, while Mookie Betts slides back into the cleanup spot for the first time in god-knows-how-long. Hanley Ramirez is still out, with means more Mitch Moreland, as usual.

If you plan to listen to the game on the radio, or even if you don’t, I’d love for you to check out my profile of Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione, who everyone agrees is great except the one guy who wrote me a categorically insane email saying he’s the “worst announcer ever.” Strong take imho. I’m still going with my analysis, and I hope you will too.

Here are the full lineups:

Game 113, August 8, 2017 at Rays

Batting Order Red Sox Rays
Batting Order Red Sox Rays
1 Eduardo Nunez, 2B Peter Bourjos, CF
2 Dustin Pedroia, DH Trevor Plouffe, 3B
3 Andrew Benintendi, LF Evan Longoria, DH
4 Mookie Betts, RF Logan Morrison, 1B
5 Rafael Devers, 3B Steven Souza, RF
6 Xander Bogaerts, SS Wilson Ramos, C
7 Mitch Moreland, 1B Adeiny Hechevarria, SS
8 Sandy Leon, C Daniel Robertson, 2B
9 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Mallex Smith, LF
SP Chris Sale, LHP Austin Pruitt, RHP