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Red Sox vs. Tigers lineup: Chris Sale tries again

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The lefty looks for better results back in Boston after the surprising sweep of Tampa Bay.

Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox
If at first you don’t succeed, repeat as necessary.
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Game 23 vs. Tigers

Lineup spot Tigers Red Sox
Lineup spot Tigers Red Sox
1 Jeimar Candelario, 3B Andrew Benintendi, LF
2 Nicholas Castellanos, RF Mookie Betts, CF
3 Miguel Cabrera, DH J.D. Martinez, RF
4 Niko Goodrum, 1B Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Dustin Peterson, LF Steve Pearce, 1B
6 Ronny Rodríguez, SS Michael Chavis, 3B
7 Josh Harrison, 2B Christian Vázquez, DH
8 Grayson Greiner, C Tzu-Wei Lin, 2B
9 JaCoby Jones, CF Sandy León , C
SP Matthew Boyd, LHP Chris Sale, LHP

The Red Sox (9-13) return to Fenway Park looking to win their fourth straight game when the face down the Tigers (10-10) behind Chris Sale, who has been very bad, today at 1:10 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader.

Sale’s last start, which was attended by your author in New York, was terrible, as James Paxton pitched like Sale and Sale pitching like James Wack-ston. Sale said he “flat-out” stinks right now, but every day brings more now to fill, so maybe today’s now will be different. We can only hope.

The lineup is certainly different! This one’s a doozy. Steve Pearce is at first against the lefty, but he’s batting fifth, with Xander Bogearts bumped to cleanup. Michael Chavis makes his first start at his natural position at third base, while Christian Vázquez starts at DH with Sandy León behind the plate — it happened last year too! — and Tzu-Wei Lin at second base. Wild stuff!

The Tigers counter with Matthew Boyd, who’s been better than any Sox starter this year, but that’s saying almost nothing. Detroit’s rebuilding around No. 1 overall pick Casey Mize and filling its roster around albatross Hall of Famer in waiting Miguel Cabrera with castoffs, young guys and Nick Castellanos. They are a team the Red Sox are supposed to beat. Let’s watch them do just that, today and tonight! Double baseball!