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Red Sox at Astros lineup: After all that, it’s Justin Verlander time

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And oh yeah Eduardo Núñez is playing shortstop. At least J.D. Martinez is back.

Chicago White Sox v Houston Astros
D’oh.
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Game 53 at Astros

Lineup spot Red Sox Astros
Lineup spot Red Sox Astros
1 Andrew Benintendi, LF Aledmys Diaz, 2B
2 Mookie Betts, RF Alex Bregman, 3B
3 Rafael Devers, 3B Michael Brantley, DH
4 J.D. Martinez, DH Carlos Correa, SS
5 Michael Chavis, 2B Yuli Gurriel, 1B
6 Christian Vázquez, C Josh Reddick, RF
7 Steve Pearce, 1B Robinson Chirinos, C
8 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Jake Marisnick, CF
9 Eduardo Núñez, SS Derek Fisher, LF
SP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Justin Verlander, RHP

The Red Sox (27-25) look to salvage the last game of a three-game set against the Astros (35-18), just like they did last Sunday, only this time it’s in Houston (2:10 p.m., NESN) against future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander. It’s the first time the Sox have faced the former MVP all year, and they’ll send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound with the unenviable task of trying to match him. On the bright side, the Sox return home for a Memorial Day game against the Indians tomorrow. On the less bright side, Verlander presents a major challenge. Back on the bright side, it’s a three-day weekend! So that’s good, and why this post is short. On the less bright side, Eduardo Núñez is starting at shortstop, a truly horrifying proposition, with Xander Bogaerts having a day off (as does Mitch Moreland). On the bright side, it’s gonna be beautiful! Go outside, people. Listen to the game today. You won’t regret it, unless the Sox strand 113 runners again and their bullpen blows another game, and then you might, unless you’re Craig Kimbrel, and then you might check your phone for the call while grilling a caribou you probably killed with your stare.

Make the call, Dave. Save the caribou. Enjoy the rest of your weekends, people. (And caribou).