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Red Sox vs. A’s lineup: Can Doug Fister firm up the division lead?

Five games is pretty firm, right?

Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Yesterday I called the Red Sox’s three-game division lead “firm” and it was not appreciated:

I thought it was four games, which is at least arguably firm, whereas three is really pushing it. The Sox thus now arguably have a firm lead. Don’t be this person. Be firm, but don’t be jerks.

Tonight it’s Doug Fister vs. Jharel Cotton. Eduardo Nunez is out for a bit now, and in the lineup shuffling Xander Bogaerts (!) is in the leadoff spot. Otherwise it’s more or less what you would expect. Here are the full lineups:

Game 145, September 13, 2017 vs. A’s

Batting Order A's Red Sox
Batting Order A's Red Sox
1 Marcus Semien, SS Xander Bogaerts, SS
2 Matt Joyce, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3 Jed Lowrie, 2B Andrew Benintendi, LF
4 Khris Davis, DH Mookie Betts, RF
5 Matt Olson, 1B Mitch Moreland, 1B
6 Chad Pinder, RF Hanley Ramirez, DH
7 Bruce Maxwell, C Rafael Devers, 3B
8 Matt Chapman, 3B Sandy Leon, C
9 Boog Powell, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
SP Jharel Cotton, RHP Doug Fister, RHP