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Red Sox at Yankees lineup: Rick Porcello faces his toughest test yet

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Last night the Sox were stymied by Luis Severino. Can Pretty Ricky return the favor?

Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Return of the whiff.
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The Red Sox (25-10) and Yankees (25-10) square off in the Bronx tonight (7:05 p.m., NESN, ESPN) for control of the American League East... at least until tomorrow.

About tonight’s game: Rick Porcello (5-0), who has been lights-out to start the season, gets the start in place of injured David Price. He’ll face Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.39 ERA), who ought to present an easier challenge than last night’s starter, Luis Severino. That guy’s good.

Jackie Bradley Jr. is out of today’s lineup and Mitch Moreland is in it, batting sixth, and for that you can thank Matt. The positional rotation is such that Mookie Betts will make his second start of the year in center while J.D. Martinez will patrol the Stadium’s tiny right field. Additionally, Rafael Devers falls all the way to eighth in the batting order while Sandy Leon, Porcello’s personal catcher this year, bats ninth.

About last night’s game: Severino was huge, the Sox bats were not and Alex Cora made some strange lineup decisions en route to a 3-2 Boston loss. Read Matt’s recap here.

Forecast: It’s pretty nice outside my window as I type this and I live close to the stadium, so I’m gonna say “pretty nice.” Basic spring weather. The computer backs me up on this.

Today’s reading: I keep putting my own stuff in here and while that wasn’t the plan I wrote for Deadspin so you can deal with it.

A good tweet from last night:

LINEUPS

Game 36 at Yankees

Lineup Spot Red Sox Yankees
Lineup Spot Red Sox Yankees
1 Mookie Betts, CF Brett Gardner, LF
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Aaron Judge, RF
3 Hanley Ramirez, DH Didi Gregorius, SS
4 J.D. Martinez, RF Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS Gary Sanchez, C
6 Mitch Moreland, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
7 Eduardo Nunez, 2B Neil Walker, 1B
8 Rafael Devers, 3B Miguel Andjuar, 3B
9 Sandy Leon, C Gleyber Torres, 2B
SP Rick Porcello, RHP Masahiro Tanaka, RHP