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Red Sox at A’s lineup: Drew Pomeranz makes his debut as Sox seek ninth straight win

Can Boston continue the best start in baseball in more than 30 years?

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at St. Louis Cardinals
Go get’em, Pom wonderful.
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The Red Sox (16-2) take their ass-kicking road show to NoCal when they kick off a three-game series against the A’s (9-10) tonight in Oakland (10:05 p.m., NESN) behind Drew Pomeranz (NR), looking to extend the best start in Major League Baseball since 1987. That’s good! Read Matt’s series preview here.

About tonight’s game: Pomeranz, whom Matt would also like you to properly respect, makes his 2018 debut after a stellar 2017. He’ll be faced by the struggling Kendall Graveman (0-3, 9.87 ERA), who would almost certainly like to be facing any other big league team this evening.

The big news tonight is that J.D. Martinez has the night off. Hot-hittin’ Mitch Moreland will play first and bat cleanup, while Jackie Bradley Jr. returns to center field, pushing Andrew Benintendi back to left.

About last night: Benintendi hit his first homer of the year, Eduardo Rodriguez notched a quality start and the Sox beat down the previously flying Angels, 8-2. Read the recap here.

Forecast: Low 60s and beautiful.

A good tweet from last night:


Game 19 at A’s

Lineup Spot Red Sox A's
Lineup Spot Red Sox A's
1 Mookie Betts, RF Marcus Semien, SS
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Stephen Piscotty, LF
3 Hanley Ramirez, DH Jed Lowrie, 2B
4 Mitch Moreland, 1B Khris Davis, DH
5 Rafael Devers, 3B Matt Chapman, 3B
6 Eduardo Nunez, 2B Matt Olson, 1B
7 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Mark Canha, CF
8 Christian Vazquez, C Chad Pinder, RF
9 Brock Holt, SS Jonathan Lucroy, C
SP Drew Pomeranz, LHP Kendall Graveman, RHP