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Red Sox vs. Yankees lineup: They’re gonna do it

If David Price conquers his demons and the Sox sweep, it’ll be the stuff of legend. Are you ready?

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Boston Red Sox
He’s gonna be good.
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For nearly a century the Red Sox (78-34) were defined by their most excruciating losses, usually to the Yankees (68-41). The playoff losses are easy to remember, or just hard to forget, but there are regular season slumps that linger long after the last out of the year. The original (well, not original original) Boston Massacre occurred in 1978, when the first-place Red Sox lost four straight at home by a combined 42-9 in what would be come the Bucky Dent year, and the 2006 Yankees did them one better by sweeping a 5-game series. The Sox have always been on the receiving end of this particular punishment — the dog days beatdown — but tonight, behind their highly paid, Yankeephobic starting pitcher David Price (11-6, 3.97 ERA), the Sox look to finally, definitively flip the script on their rivals when they square off on Sunday Night Baseball (8:05 p.m., ESPN).

About tonight’s game: You couldn’t script this better for Price, who has a chance at redemption after two certifiably putrid starts against the Yanks this year alone. He’s got 4.1 innings over 2 starts and surrendered 12 runs, for a 24.91 ERA. It can’t get any worse. The only thing that matters now is how much better it can get.

He’ll be faced by Masahiro Tanaka (9-2, 3.84 ERA), who will face a lineup with both Steve Pearce and Mitch Moreland, among others who aren’t Jackie Bradley Jr., who’s sitting. Pearce is batting third, Moreland sixth.

About yesterday’s game: Moreland picked up where Pearce left off, homering in his first at-bat to give the Sox all the runs they’d need. They were comfortable for eight innings because Nathan Eovaldi picked up where Rick Porcello left off, spinning eight innings of dominant, shutout ball before handing it over to Craig Kimbrel for a non-save situation, at which point Kimbrel did his damndest to lose the game. He gave up one run and loaded the bases but got away with it, and the Sox pushed their division lead to a whopping 8.5 games with a 4-1 win. Read Matt’s recap here.

Forecast: 83 degrees with 60 percent humidity, but no rain.

Today’s reading: Normally I don’t do this on Sunday, but after writing the first paragraph I noticed that Dan Shaughnessy took the *exact* same angle as I did in my intro, and fair is fair so here it is.

A good tweet from yesterday:

LINEUPS

Game 113 vs. Yankees

Lineup Spot Yankees Red Sox
Lineup Spot Yankees Red Sox
1 Aaron Hicks, CF Mookie Betts, CF
2 Giancarlo Stanton, DH Andrew Benintendi, LF
3 Didi Gregorius, SS Steve Pearce, DH
4 Gleyber Torres, 2B J.D. Martinez, RF
5 Miguel Andújar, 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS
6 Luke Voit, 1B Mitch Moreland, 1B
7 Brett Gardner, LF Eduardo Núñez, 3B
8 Austin Romine, C Brock Holt, 2B
9 Shane Robinson, RF Sandy León, C
SP Masahiro Tanaka, RHP David Price, LHP