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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: The last one before the All-Star break

The Sox will look to close out the “first half” behind Brian Johnson.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
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The Red Sox (67-30) look to enter the All-Star break on a roll when they take on the Blue Jays (43-51) today at a cloudy Fenway Park (1:05 p.m., NESN).

About today’s game: Brian Johnson (1-2. 4.23 ERA) will get the final nod of the “first half” — more on that distinction here — against Toronto righty Marcus Stroman (2-6, 5.90 ERA), who’s better than his numbers indicate, if not this year.

Xander Bogaerts, yesterday’s hero (see below), is hitting in the second spot today. Mitch Moreland is back at first and hitting cleanup while Steve Pearce is DHing and hitting fifth.

About yesterday’s game:

Recap here.

Forecast: 78 degrees and overcast.

Today’s reading: None.

A good tweet from yesterday: See above.


Game 98 vs. Blue Jays

Lineup Spot Blue Jays Red Sox
Lineup Spot Blue Jays Red Sox
1 Randal Grichuk, CF Mookie Betts, RF
2 Yangervis Solarte, 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS
3 Teoscar Hernández, LF J.D. Martinez, LF
4 Justin Smoak, 1B Mitch Moreland, 1B
5 Kendrys Morales, DH Steve Pearce, DH
6 Russell Martin, C Brock Holt, 2B
7 Devon Travis, 2B Eduardo Núñez, 3B
8 Dwight Smith Jr., RF Sandy León, C
9 Almedys Diaz, SS Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
SP Marcus Stroman, RHP Brian Johnson, LHP