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Red Sox at Yankees lineup: Fit to be untied

The Sox look to take back the division lead behind Chris Sale after a listless performance on Friday night.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins
Bring it.
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The Red Sox (55-28) look to bounce back against a Yankees (53-26) team with which they are currently tied for first place in the AL East when they square off in the Bronx tonight (7:15 p.m., FOX) behind Chris Sale (7-4, 2.56 ERA).

About tonight’s game: Sale, who was electric his last time out, will square off against the perpetually disappointing Sonny Gray (5-5, 4.93 ERA), who ought to give the Sox bats a chance to wake up after they sleepwalked through Friday’s series opener versus C.C. Sabathia.

As for the offense, Mitch Moreland is back at first and batting cleanup, while future Red Sox Hall of Famer Steve Pearce heads to the bench. Greg Bird sits for the Stankees in favor of Brandon Drury, but otherwise they’re mostly the same as yesterday.

About last night’s game: Eduardo Rodriguez got pounded and the offense didn’t show up, as the Yankees won 8-1. Read Matt’s recap here.

Forecast: Hot af.

Today’s reading: Our own Michelle Berthiaume on why J.D. Martinez is the leader the Sox need on and off the field.

A good tweet from yesterday by me, yes me:


Game 84 at Yankees

Lineup Spot Red Sox Yankees
Lineup Spot Red Sox Yankees
1 Mookie Betts, RF Aaron Hicks, CF
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Aaron Judge, RF
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Giancarlo Stanton, DH
4 Mitch Moreland, 1B Gleyber Torres, 2B
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
6 Rafael Devers, 3B Miguel Andjuar, 3B
7 Eduardo Núñez, 2B Brandon Drury, 1B
8 Sandy León, C Austin Romine, C
9 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Brett Gardner, LF
SP Chris Sale, LHP Sonny Gray, RHP