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Red Sox at Rays lineup: Can Xander Bogaerts keep the magic going?

The Sox look to take the opening series of the year behind a rejuvenated, unstoppable Bogey, who is batting fourth.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
He truly is going to give it to them.
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The Red Sox look to escape Tampa on a three-game winning streak when they face the Rays in the final game of their opening series this afternoon at 1:10 p.m. in St. Petersburg (NESN) behind righty Hector Velazquez.

About today’s game: Velazquez, historically a spot starter, will look to continue the Sox’ starting pitchers’ amazing streak of allowing 0 runs so far this year, while Xander “1997 A-Rod” Bogaerts aims to continue destroying Rays pitching. Today’s, it’s righty Jacob Faria at whom X will take aim. Through three games, Bogey is hitting .667/.667/.1333 with 5 doubles and 1 no-doubt homer:

Bogey moves to the cleanup spot today as a struggling Andrew Benintendi gets the day off. Blake Swihart sees his first start of the year at DH, and Rafael Devers is back in the starting lineup and in the two-hole.

About last night: The Sox did the damn thing again, this time behind Rick Porcello, who went six strong before handing the ball over to middle relievers Bobby Poyner and Carson Smith. They held on to the game — barely — before handing the ball to Craig Kimbrel, who did Craig Kimbrel things to secure Boston’s second win of the year.

Forecast: Indoors for one last day, then on to Miami.

A good tweet from yesterday:


Game 4, Red Sox at Rays

Lineup Spot Red Sox Rays
Lineup Spot Red Sox Rays
1 Mookie Betts, RF Denard Span, DH
2 Rafael Devers, 3B Kevin Kiermaier, CF
3 J.D. Martinez, LF Carlos Gomez, RF
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Brad Miller, 1B
5 Mitch Moreland, 1B Matt Duffy, 3B
6 Christian Vazquez, C Joey Wendle, 2B
7 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Wilson Ramos, C
8 Blake Swihart, DH Mallex Smith, LF
9 Brock Holt, 2B Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
SP Hector Velazquez, RHP Jacob Faria, RHP