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Red Sox vs. Rays lineup: Can Rick Porcello stop Tampa Bay? Can anyone?

The 2016 Cy Young Award winner will try to stop the Rays from winning their ninth straight game.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox (19-7) look to stop the surging Rays (12-13) from winning their ninth straight game and sweeping the series when they square off today at Fenway Park (1:05 p.m, NESN, though rain might affect that).

About today’s game: Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.93 ERA) puts his perfect on the line against Matt Andriese (0-0, 5.40 ERA), whose start qualifies today as a “bullpen game” for Tampa Bay. With Mookie Betts out, Eduardo Nunez jumps into the leadoff spot and Jackie Bradley Jr. moves to right field. Andrew Benintendi will play center and J.D. Martinez is in left; Hanley Ramirez is DHing and Mitch Moreland plays first.

About yesterday’s game: A near-total disaster that saw David Price get shelled, Betts leave with a hamstring injury and Jackie Bradley Jr. make a fool of himself in the outfield. Read the recap here if you hate yourself.

Forecast: Cold and rainy enough that I wouldn’t count an on-time start.

A tweet from yesterday that made me laugh for no reason:


Game 27 vs. Rays

Lineup Spot Rays Red Sox
Lineup Spot Rays Red Sox
1 Denard Span, LF Eduardo Nunez, 2B
2 C.J. Cron, DH Andrew Benintendi, CF
3 Joey Wendle, 2B Hanley Ramirez, DH
4 Brad Miller, 1B J.D. Martinez, LF
5 Daniel Robertson, 3B Mitch Moreland, 1B
6 Mallex Smith, CF Rafael Devers, 3B
7 Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Jackie Bradley Jr., RF
8 Jesus Sucre, C Sandy Leon, C
9 Johnny Field, RF Tzu-Wei Lin, SS
SP Matt Andriese, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP