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Red Sox vs. Rays lineup: There’s no place like Fenway

The Sox open up their home slate against the familiar Tampa Bay Rays.

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The Red Sox open their home slate behind David Price this afternoon at 2:05 p.m. against the Rays (NESN). Read the series preview here.

About today’s game: It’s Opening Day. Again! The Sox return to Fenway for the first time since their crushing loss in Game 4 of the American League Division Series on a five-game winning streak. A resurgent Price (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will nominally square off against Yonny Chirinos (0-0, 0.00 ERA) — a reliever, as the Rays go the “Johnny Wholestaff” route again — as the Sox finally leave Florida after 50+ days only to play one of its teams again. Manager Alex Cora runs out the standard Sox lineup, with familiar faces in the right spots, including J.D. Martinez batting fourth in his home debut and Mookie Betts back atop the lineup.

About Tuesday’s game: The Sox took care of business against the frisky Marlins in 13 innings behind stellar relief pitching after Chris Sale managed to go only 5. Hanley Ramirez again had the big hit, with a two-run double in extras that won it. Read the recap here.

Forecast: Sunny but cold, with temps in the low 40s.

A good tweet from yesterday:


Game 7 vs. Rays

Lineup Spot Rays Red Sox
Lineup Spot Rays Red Sox
1 Matt Duffy, 3B Mookie Betts, RF
2 Kevin Kiermaier, CF Andrew Benintendi, LF
3 Carlos Gomez, RF Hanley Ramirez, 1B
4 C.J. Cron, DH J.D. Martinez, DH
5 Wilson Ramos, C Xander Bogaerts, SS
6 Brad Miller, 1B Rafael Devers, 3B
7 Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Eduardo Nunez, 2B
8 Daniel Robertson, 2B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9 Rob Refsnyder, LF Christian Vazquez, C
SP Yonny Chirinos, RHP David Price, LHP