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Red Sox vs. Phillies lineup: David Price vs. an ace

David Price faces the electric Aaron Nola tonight at Fenway.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
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The first-place Red Sox (74-33) face the ascendant, first-place Phillies (58-47) tonight at Fenway Park (7:05 p.m., NESN, ESPN out-of-market) in a battle between the guy who’s been there and the guy who’s there right now. Also, you can read Matt’s series preview here.

About tonight’s game: David Price (11-6, 4.17 ERA) goes for Boston, and if he’s not quite his former self, he’s still a league-average pitcher or better, in aggregate. Aaron Nola (12-3, 2.42 ERA), who goes for the Phillies, is one of the game’s elite arms this year, and Mookie Betts knows well from the All-Star game. This should be a real challenge, and real fun to watch.

Mitch Moreland is back in the lineup and Rafael Devers is still out of it. Most importantly, Blake Swihart is not at third base.

About yesterday’s game: I saw the new Mission: Impossible movie so I didn’t see a minute of this, but the Sox won 3-0 and JBJ did his thing, so I can imagine how it went. If you need more detail, you can see what Matt wrote.

Forecast: 79 at game time, because life is good.

Today’s reading: Cody Rivera welcomes Nathan Eovaldi to Red Sox Nation.

A good and true tweet from yesterday:


Game 108 vs. Phillies

Lineup Spot Phillies Red Sox
Lineup Spot Phillies Red Sox
1 César Hernández, 2B Mookie Betts, RF
2 Rhys Hoskins, LF Andrew Benintendi, LF
3 Odubel Herrera, CF J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Carlos Santana, 1B Mitch Moreland, 1B
5 Asdrubal Cabrera, DH Xander Bogaerts, SS
6 Maikel Franco, 3B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
7 Jorge Alfaro, C Eduardo Núñez, 3B
8 Roman Quinn, RF Brock Holt, 2B
9 Scott Kingery, SS Sandy León, C
SP Aaron Nola, RHP David Price, LHP