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Red Sox vs. Indians lineup: Avoiding the apocalypse

Would a four-game losing streak be the end of the world? Let’s not find out.

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox (88-39) look to avoid their first four-game losing streak of the year when they face the Indians (73-52) and Carlos Carrasco (15-6, 3.33 ERA) tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN).

About tonight’s game: Brian Johnson (4-3, 4.00 ERA) look to right the ship for the struggling Sox, and he’ll have his hands full both with the potent Cleveland lineup and against Carrasco, a perennial second-tier Cy Young Award candidate.

Very little to report about the lineup, except that Brock Holt’s at third base and Blake Swihart’s catching. Edwin Encarnación is back for the Tribe. Gulp.

About last night’s game: The Melky Cabrera rampage continued as the Sox lost, 6-3, behind Nathan Eovaldi. Read Matt’s recap here.

Forecast: 78 degrees with a 15 percent chance of rain.

Today’s reading: “How Taylor Swift shaped Red-Sox rivalry,” by’s Anthony Castrovince. Just roll with it or, if you prefer, shake it off.

A good tweet:


Game 128 vs. Indians

Lineup Spot Indians Red Sox
Lineup Spot Indians Red Sox
1 Francisco Lindor, SS Mookie Betts, RF
2 Michael Brantley, LF Andrew Benintendi, LF
3 José Ramírez, 3B Mitch Moreland, 1B
4 Edwin Encarnación, 1B J.D. Martinez, DH
5 Yandy Diaz, DH Xander Bogaerts, SS
6 Brandon Guyer, RF Ian Kinsler, 2B
7 Yan Gomes, C Brock Holt, 3B
8 Greg Allen, CF Blake Swihart, C
9 Erik González, 2B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
SP Carlos Carrasco, RHP Brian Johnson, LHP