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Brian Johnson starts game 82 tonight at Fenway.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox
The man.
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The Red Sox (54-27) play their 82nd game of the year tonight (7:10 p.m., NESN, ESPN) against Angels (41-40), a team against which they are 5-0 this year, and versus which they have scored at least 8 runs in each of those games. It’s really quite something.

About tonight’s game: The Sox look to keep the offense flowing for Brian Johnson (1-2, 4.50 ERA), who slides into the team’s wobbly fifth rotation spot, at least for the moment. He’ll be matched by Jaime Barria (5-3, 3.40 ERA). Not much to report lineup-wise except Brock Holt is in the rotating second base spot. Red Sox legend Chris Young gets the start in center for the Angels.

About last night’s game: It was an exciting, maddening game that saw the Sox win 9-6 behind the bottom three in the order. Read Matt’s wild recap here.

Forecast: 72 degrees with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms — likely the very same ones raining upon my New York house as I write this at 3:30. I told them to go to hell, at least until the Angels are out of town. Get it?

Today’s listening: I was allegedly on yesterday’s edition of the Red Seat podcast, but I didn’t do a ton of talking until we got a subject I am really comfortable with: Making fun of Jake. Listen here.

A good tweet from yesterday:

LINEUPS

Game 82 vs. Angels

Lineup Spot Angels Red Sox
Lineup Spot Angels Red Sox
1 Ian Kinsler, 2B Mookie Betts, RF
2 Mike Trout, DH Andrew Benintendi, LF
3 Justin Upton, LF J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Albert Pujols, 1B Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Andrelton Simmons, SS Mitch Moreland, 1B
6 David Fletcher, 3B Brock Holt, 2B
7 Chris Young, CF Rafael Devers, 3B
8 Jose Briceno, C Christian Vazquez, C
9 Michael Hermosillo, RF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
SP Jaime Barria, RHP Brian Johnson, LHP