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Red Sox vs. Athletics line: Help us, Chris Sale. You’re our only hope.

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The A’s have tormented Boston this year. It’s time for the ace to put a stop to it.

Kansas City Royals v Boston Red Sox Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Red Sox (28-14) look to beat back the pesky A’s (21-21) tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN) behind Chris Sale (3-1, 2.17 ERA), who is good.

About tonight’s game: Sale looks to continue the rampage he started last time out, when he went 9 innings with a ludicrous 15 strikeouts. (The way these A’s whiff, the single-game record could be in jeopardy if things go right.) He’ll be matched by Trevor Cahill (1-1, 2.25 ERA), who got a 1950 out of 2400 on his SATs and committed to Dartmouth before signing with Oakland, which means he’s wicked smaht. No changes to the Sox lineup from yesterday.

About last night’s game: The game started late and got worse from there. Eduardo Rodriguez got knocked around but Andrew Benintendi went deep after I wrote nice things about him, so it wasn’t a total loss... still one in the standings, though. Read Matt’s recap here.

Forecast: 50 degrees and cloudy. Blech.

Today’s listening: This week’s Red Seat podcast is live and only partially obsolete already! Listen here.

A good tweet from last night:

LINEUPS

Game 43 vs. A’s

Lineup Spot Athletics Red Sox
Lineup Spot Athletics Red Sox
1 Marcus Semien, SS Mookie Betts, RF
2 Mark Canha, CF Andrew Benintendi, CF
3 Jed Lowrie, 2B Hanley Ramirez, DH
4 Khris Davis, DH J.D. Martinez, LF
5 Matt Chapman, 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS
6 Matt Olson, 1B Mitch Moreland, 1B
7 Stephen Piscotty, RF Eduardo Nunez, 2B
8 Chad Pinder, LF Rafael Devers, 3B
9 Jonathan Lucroy, C Christian Vazquez, C
SP Trevor Cahill, RHP Chris Sale, LHP