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Red Sox at Phillies lineup: Rick Porcello looks to atone for Boston’s only August loss

The Sox have lost one game this month. It was Porcello’s last start. He can make things right tonight in Philadelphia.

Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

The Red Sox (85-35) look to continue their own personal Summerslam tour tonight against the Phillies (65-52) tonight behind Rick Porcello at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark (7:05 p.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-network). Read Matt’s series preview here.

About tonight’s game: Porcello (14-5, 4.17 ERA), who was touched up for seven runs last time out in Toronto, leading the team’s only loss of the month, looks to get back on track against a Philly team hanging a mere game out of first place in the N.L. East. He’ll face Nick Pivetta (7-9, 4.51 ERA), a guy whose numbers undersell how good he’s been. Pivetta is striking out more than 11 guys per 9 innings and has a FIP of 3.49 with an xFIP even lower than that. Like many of the young Phils, he good.

Andrew Benintendi is back in the lineup after resting through a case of “heavy legs.” Jackie Bradley Jr.’s out because there ain’t no DH in these parts.

About Sunday’s game: Chris Sale has 12Ks in 5 innings and probably would have broken the single-game strikeout record if he hadn’t been on an egregiously low pitch count. The Sox won, of course, but a 4-1 score, but Craig Kimbrel made it interesting again.

Forecast: 79 degrees and humid, with a 15 percent chance of rain and/or batteries.

Today’s reading: Because it’s never too early, Jake Kostik looks ahead to the 2018 free agent reliever class.

A good tweet:


Game 121 at Phillies

Lineup Spot Red Sox Phillies
Lineup Spot Red Sox Phillies
1 Mookie Betts, CF César Hernández, 2B
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Nick Williams, RF
3 Mitch Moreland, 1B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
4 J.D. Martinez, RF Rhys Hoskins, LF
5 Xander Bogearts, SS Carlos Santana, 1B
6 Rafael Devers, 3B Maikel Franco, 3B
7 Eduardo Núñez, 2B Odubel Herrera, CF
8 Sandy León, C Jorge Alfaro, C
9 Rick Porcello, P Nick Pivetta, P
SP Rick Porcello, RHP Nick Pivetta, RHP