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Red Sox at Blue Jays lineup: The freight train rolls north

The Yankees are toast. The Queen is next.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
Here we go again.
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The roaring Red Sox (79-34), owners of a 9-game AL East and the best record in baseball, head north of the border to visit the fading Blue Jays (51-60) tonight in Toronto (7:07 p.m., NESN). Read Matt’s series preview here.

About tonight's game: If it seems only fair that the Red Sox start Drew Pomeranz (1-5, 6.56 ERA), their worst starter of the season, then you lack the appropriate FORTITUDE to lead the Sox to victory. No mercy! Pomeranz be faced by Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.63 ERA), another talented pitcher having a nightmare season, though one that’s bound to get better with some good luck.

Not much to report, lineup-wise, except that Steve Pearce is out of the lineup in favor of Mitch Moreland. Jackie Bradley Jr. is batting sixth.

About Sunday’s game: A miracle on this Earth.

Forecast: I’m no meteorologist, and it’s going to be 78 in Toronto (26, if you prefer) so maybe they keep the dome open, but maybe they don’t. They're playing, is the point.

Today’s reading: Cody Rivera undergoes a rite of passage: Writing about the game before it is over, and watching it turn on its head, rendering your words foul and bad and forcing you start from scratch.

A good tweet:


Game 114 at Blue Jays

Lineup Spot Red Sox Blue Jays
Lineup Spot Red Sox Blue Jays
1 Mookie Betts, RF Randal Grichuk, RF
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Devon Travis, 2B
3 Mitch Moreland, 1B Justin Smoak, 1B
4 J.D. Martinez, DH Teoscar Hernández, LF
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS Kendrys Morales, DH
6 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Yangervis Solarte, 3B
7 Eduardo Núñez, 3B Aledmys Díaz, SS
8 Brock Holt, 2B Kevin Pillar, CF
9 Sandy León, C Luke Maile, C
SP Drew Pomeranz, LHP Marcus Stroman, RHP