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Red Sox vs. Athletics lineup: The gang faces the guy that no-hit them (feat. Blake Swihart)

With Swihart at DH. Let’s get weird.

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros
You no-hit us, you get the pic.
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The Red Sox (28-12) return from another early season road trip to begin a game homestand today against Oakland (19-21) and Sean Manaea (4-4, 2.11 ERA), who no-hit the Sox earlier this season and looks to pick it back up tonight (7:10 p.m., NESN). Read Matt’s series preview here.

About tonight’s game: Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.79 ERA) will look to continue his early season dominance against a free-swinging Oakland team. Between him and Manaea, we’ll probably get K’s for days. Jackie Bradley Jr. sits again for Boston, who will try to solve Manaea by... using Blake Swihart at DH? Why not?

About yesterday’s game: Mookie amazing, Sox win, recap here.

Forecast: 71 degrees at gametime, per the Google weather thingy.

Today’s reading: Yahoo’s Jeff Passan tackles Mookie vs. Mike Trout. It’s good. Read it here.

A good tweet from yesterday:


Game 41 vs. A’s

Lineup Spot Athletics Red Sox
Lineup Spot Athletics Red Sox
1 Marcus Semien, SS Mookie Betts, RF
2 Matt Joyce, LF Andrew Benintendi, CF
3 Jed Lowrie, 2B Hanley Ramirez, 1B
4 Khris Davis, DH J.D. Martinez, LF
5 Matt Olson, 1B Xander Bogaerts, SS
6 Matt Chapman, 3B Eduardo Nunez, 2B
7 Mark Canha, RF Blake Swihart, DH
8 Jonathan Lucroy, C Rafael Devers, 3B
9 Dustin Fowler, CF Sandy Leon, C
SP Sean Manaea, LHP Rick Porcello, RHP