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Red Sox at Rangers lineup: Betts by birth, Boston’s by the grace of God

Mookie leads the Sox against the Rangers in the third game of a four-game set.

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The Red Sox (23-9) look to stay alone in first place when they again face the Rangers (13-21) tonight in North Texas (8:05 p.m., NESN).

About tonight’s game: Eduardo Rodriguez (3-0, 4.78 ERA) had a tough go of it last time out and will look to rebound against a still Adrian Beltre-less Rangers lineup that couldn’t muster much against Rick Porcello yesterday. E-Rod will be matched by Cole Hamels (0-1, 4.08 ERA), a former-star-turned-innings-eater who’s probably on the trade block.

Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the night off against lefty, pushing J.D. Martinez to the outfield, Hanley Ramirez to DH and Mitch Moreland to first base.

About last night’s game: Porcello was magical again and the Sox, molten-hot Mookie included, went yard four times against Bartolo Colon in the team’s 5-1 win. Read the recap here.

Forecast: More perfect weather, high 70s at gametime with no rain in sight. Giddyup.

Today’s reading: Subscription required for this one, but The Athletic is worth it and Matthew Kory has done some good work exploring why Andrew Benintendi can’t hit meatballs. Read it here.

A good tweet from yesterday:


Game 33 at Rangers

Lineup Spot Red Sox Rangers
Lineup Spot Red Sox Rangers
1 Mookie Betts, RF Delino DeShields, CF
2 Andrew Benintendi, CF Shin-Soo Choo, RF
3 Hanley Ramirez, DH Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 2B
4 J.D. Martinez, LF Nomar Mazara, DH
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS Joey Gallo, 1B
6 Mitch Moreland, 1B Jurickson Profar, SS
7 Eduardo Nunez, 2B Renato Nunez, 3B
8 Rafael Devers, 3B Robinson Chirinos, C
9 Christian Vazquez, C Ryan Rua, LF
SP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Cole Hamels, LHP