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Red Sox vs. A’s lineup: Goodbye, April. You were mostly bad

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Rick Porcello closes out a bad month for the Red Sox, but the bats might finally have come alive.

Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox
Michael Chavis and Mookie Betts have been hitting the ball well.
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Game 30 vs. A’s

Lineup spot A's Red Sox
Lineup spot A's Red Sox
1 Marcus Semien, SS Andrew Benintendi, LF
2 Robbie Grossman, LF Mookie Betts, RF
3 Matt Chapman, 3B J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Khris Davis, DH Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Stephen Piscotty, RF Rafael Devers, 3B
6 Kendrys Morales, 1B Michael Chavis, 2B
7 Chad Pinder, 2B Mitch Moreland, 1B
8 Ramon Laureano, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9 Nick Hundley, C Sandy León , C
SP Aaron Brooks, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP

The Red Sox (12-17), who showed signs of life last night behind rolling rookie Michael Chavis, will again look to sustain a modicum of momentum when they face the A’s (14-17) tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN) behind Rick Porcello.

Chavis has provided a much-needed spark for Boston, but he’s not the only one who did well last night; the reigning MVP, Mr. Mookie Betts, extended his hitting streak to five games with a 3-4 performance. Today he’ll face Oakland righty Aaron Brooks, who held Boston scoreless over six innings on April Fools Day but has been downright Soxian since then, pitching to a 5.33 ERA. He’ll face the new standard Sox lineup, which features Mitch Moreland at first abse hitting seventh (!) and, tonight, Sandy León batting ninth and catching.

Speaking of which, Porcello enters the game coming off the rare quality start win for him — or anyone — in Boston this year, merely three runs over six innings against Detroit got it done. After last night’s E-Rod second-inning short-circuit and Chris Sale’s continuing spiral it would be a great time for the 7.43 ERA-having Porcello to turn it around. Tomorrow is May Day. Hopefully it’s not (still) mayday too.