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Red Sox at Rays lineup: Pedroia, Devers, Young out; Hanley returns

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Can Boston win its eighth straight? Er, I mean, will they? They clearly can. They’re good at baseball.

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The Red Sox (64-49) look to win their eighth straight game and finish a two-game sweep of the Rays (58-56) at E. Coli Park tonight in St. Petersburg (7:10 p.m.). Batting practice ace (and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner) Rick Porcello (4.70 ERA) faces the talented and occasionally beguiling Jake Odorizzi (4.47 ERA), while the lineup again gets shuffled around due to players moving in and out as they recover from injuries and get some rest days. Apparently this is A Thing now:

It seems to be working, so it works for me. Hanley Ramirez returns today, while Dustin Pedroia, Chris Young and Rafael Devers sit, the latter for the first time since being called up. Eduardo Nunez — the greatest player in Red Sox history, you can look it up — will play third, with Brock Holt \o/ moving to second. Eight is great. Let’s get this one. Here are the full lineups:

Game 114, August 9, 2017 at Rays

Batting Order Red Sox Rays
Batting Order Red Sox Rays
1 Eduardo Nunez, 3B Corey Dickerson, LF
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Lucas Duda, 1B
3 Mookie Betts, RF Evan Longoria, 3B
4 Hanley Ramirez, DH Logan Morrison, DH
5 Mitch Moreland, 1B Steven Souza, RF
6 Xander Bogaerts, SS Brad Miller, 2B
7 Brock Holt \o/, 2B Wilson Ramos, C
8 Sandy Leon, C Mallex Smith, CF
9 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Adeiny Hechevarria, SS
SP Rick Porcello, RHP Jake Odorizzi, RHP