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Red Sox at Rays lineup: Can Rick Porcello bounce back against Tampa Bay?

He’ll face off against the talented Blake Snell.

Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

The timely hitting Red Sox (34-15) look to complete a three-game sweep of the Rays (22-25) tonight at Tropicana Field in St. Pete (7:10 p.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-network).

About tonight’s game: The Sox look to take the third of three behind Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.39 ERA), who’s been hit pretty hard the last three times out. He’ll be matched by lefty Blake Snell (5-3, 3.07 ERA), who’s really starting to come into his own. With the southpaw on the mound, Andrew Benintendi gets a well-deserved day off, bumping the normal lineup up a spot until lefty Mitch Moreland hits cleanup. To be honest, it’s a very John Farrell-like ‘planned day off’ move from Alex Cora that results in a lefty playing for a lefty against a lefty in this type of situation, but... other people, perhaps you, tend to care much more about that than I do.

About last night’s game: The Sox broke open a 1-1 game against Álex Colomé with three runs in the top of the ninth to ultimately win one for starter David Price, who put together a beauty of a game along with the bullpen. Read Matt’s recap here.

Forecast: May neither the sun nor the elements encroach upon this cursed place.

Today’s reading: ‘Fake dog testicles made this man a millionaire.’ Get inspired!

A prescient tweet from last night:


Game 50 at Rays

Lineup Spot Red Sox Rays
Lineup Spot Red Sox Rays
1 Mookie Betts, RF Denard Span, LF
2 Hanley Ramirez, DH C.J. Cron, DH
3 J.D. Martinez, LF Matt Duffy, 3B
4 Mitch Moreland, 1B Wilson Ramos, C
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS Brad Miller, 1B
6 Eduardo Nunez, 2B Daniel Robertson, 2B
7 Rafael Devers, 3B Mallex Smith, CF
8 Sandy Leon, C Johnny Field, RF
9 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Willy Adames, SS
SP Rick Porcello, RHP Blake Snell, LHP