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It’s getaway day in Oakland behind E-Rod, but it’s also Steve Pearce’s first game of the year following his star turn in the World Series. Also Alex Cora is messing with someone, perhaps me.

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
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DAY GAME! Enter light, exit night. It’s the Reverse Mariano! It’s a testament to how good this song is that even the Yankees can’t kill it:

While you were sleeping, by the way, the Sox finally won. They had to rely on yet another comeback to do it, this one featuring Blake Swihart in a starring role, but I’m not complaining. Today they will go for the third victory of the year behind Eduardo Rodriguez with Steve Pearce, the World Series MVP, back on the field as the righty half the first base platoon and thus getting the start against Oakland lefty Brett Anderson. This is the last game in California before the team is off to Arizona for a series against the Diamondbacks before finally, belatedly returning to Boston for Tuesday’s home opener. Here’s the good news:

And here are the lineups, which came rudely late and now I’m mad at Alex Cora, even if he had his reasons:

No matter. I am aggrieved, and don’t entirely buy this, either — it seems more like Cora is deliberately messing with someone or something and trying explain it away.

Game 8 at A’s

Lineup spot Red Sox A's
Lineup spot Red Sox A's
1 Mookie Betts, RF Robbie Grossman, LF
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Marcus Semien, SS
3 Steve Pearce, 1B Stephen Piscotty, RF
4 J.D. Martinez, DH Khris Davis, DH
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS Chad Pinder, 3B
6 Eduardo Núñez, 3B Mark Canha, 1B
7 Brock Holt, 2B Jurickson Profar, 2B
8 Christian Vázquez, C Ramon Laureano, CF
9 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Josh Phegley, C
SP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Brett Anderson, LHP

GAMES WITHOUT A LINEUP ERROR (excluding today): 2