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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineup: Return of the ‘Return of the King’ headline

Chris Sale will pitch two innings or so tonight at Fenway.

Minnesota Twins v Boston Red Sox
He back!
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The Red Sox (98-46) begin the push to the playoffs tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN) when ace and potential Cy Young Award contender Chris Sale (12-4, 1.97 ERA) returns from the DL for a short start against the rebuilding Blue Jays (65-78). Here’s the series preview.

About tonight’s game: It’s sort of a big one! Sale, who came back for one five-inning start earlier in the summer, will look to gradually get back up to speed tonight against a Jays team that’s working in young guys in an otherwise lost season. Nathan Eovaldi is expected to relieve the ace after two innings or 40 pitches. Ryan Borucki (3-4, 4.39 ERA) goes for Toronto.

About Sunday’s game: The Sox almost got swept by the Astros but Mitch Moreland had other ideas, walking them off to salvage a 6-5 win against the champs on Sunday Night Baseball.

Forecast: 75 degrees with a 10 percent chance of rain.

Today’s reading: Jake doubts Sale can pull out the Cy Young campaign, expecting him to fall short yet again.

A good tweet:


Game 145 vs. Blue Jays

Lineup spot Blue Jays Red Sox
Lineup spot Blue Jays Red Sox
1 Lourdes Gurriel, SS Mookie Betts, RF
2 Devon Travis, 2B Andrew Benintendi, LF
3 Justin Smoak, 1B J.D. Martinez, RF
4 Kendrys Morales, DH Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Randal Grichuk, RF Steve Pearce, 1B
6 Kevin Pillar, CF Ian Kinsler, 2B
7 Teoscar Hernandez, LF Eduardo Núñez, DH
8 Almedys Diaz, 3B Sandy León, C
9 Danny Jansen, C Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
SP Ryan Borucki, LHP Chris Sale, LHP