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Red Sox at Rays lineup: Ricky’s out for revenge

“Veintidós” will look to get the job done in St. Pete.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox (90-40) look to avoid falling below 50 games over .500 when they take on the Rays (67-62) this afternoon at Tropicana Field (6:10 p.m., NESN).

About tonight’s game: Last time out, Rick Porcello (15-6, 4.14 ERA) gave up three homers over seven innings, continuing a pretty clear trend going back to, well, the whole time he’s been on the team. Keep the ball in the yard and succeed. Provide souvenirs to the fans and perish. It’s as true today as it’s ever been.

The Rays will start Ryan Yarbrough (12-5, 3.84 ERA), who has previously been the fake starter who comes in after the “opener,” but who has been so good he just gets a regular ol’ starting nod here. He’ll face a lineup that includes both Steve Pearce (DH) and Mitch Moreland (1B), with Mookie Betts playing center and Jackie Bradley Jr. sitting against the lefty.

About last night’s game: The rare bad game from start to finish for this team, who were pounded, 10-3. It was never close. Read Matt’s recap here.

Forecast: Pretty uniforms, ugly stadium.

Today’s reading: Matt digs into Ryan Brasier’s unlikely rise.

A good tweet:


Game 131 at Rays

Lineup Spot Red Sox Rays
Lineup Spot Red Sox Rays
1 Mookie Betts, CF Joey Wendle, 2B
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Matt Duffy, 3B
3 Steve Pearce, DH Ji-Man Choi, DH
4 J.D. Martinez, RF Tommy Pham, LF
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS C.J. Cron, 1B
6 Mitch Moreland, 1B Kevin Kiermaier, CF
7 Ian Kinsler, 2B Willy Adames, SS
8 Eduardo Núñez, 3B Brandon Lowe, RF
9 Sandy León, C Michael Pérez, C
SP Rick Porcello, RHP Ryan Yarbrough, LHP