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Red Sox at Yankees lineup: ‘Rivalry renewed’ headline renewed, again

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The Red Sox and Yankees kick off their series a day late in New York.

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You’ll probably see this tomorrow, but I’m not a great source these days.
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Game 56 at Yankees

Lineup spot Red Sox Yankees
Lineup spot Red Sox Yankees
1 Mookie Betts, RF D.J. LeMahieu, 2B
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Luke Voit, 1B
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Aaron Hicks, CF
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Gary Sanchez, C
5 Rafael Devers, 3B Gleyber Torres, SS
6 Steve Pearce, 1B Kendrys Morales, Dh
7 Eduardo Núñez, 2B Gio Urshela, 3B
8 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Cameron Maybin, RF
9 Sandy León, C Brett Gardner, LF
SP Chris Sale, LHP J.A. Happ, LHP

The Red Sox (29-27), a couple days removed from off ass-beating at the hands of Cleveland, head to New York City for the ten millionth time to face the Yankees (36-19) in the Bronx (7:05 p.m.)

Chris Sale is scheduled to pitch for the Sox, and he’s good again, so that’s good. J.A. Happ is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees, and he’s good, so that’s bad. So many Yankees are hurt that it’s obscene they’re still winning games but the bushel, but they are, and the remaining guys figure to give the Sox fits — maybe not as many as last night, but enough. Strangely I feel good about the Sox depiste New York’s record, just because I think the Bronx boys are due for some regression and the team the Sox are putting out there is definitively better on paper, at least on offense. Not in the bullpen. We want to avoid that.

The most interesting thing to report on the lineup side is that Mookie Betts, happy to be back on one of my dynasty teams, is back in the leadoff spot, 2018 redux-style, with Andrew Benintendi batting second. Unlike 2019, J.D. Martinez is batting third, but I consider this the rare improvement on last season. Michael Chavis has the day off, because God is dead. This is probably not an improvement on last season. That’s more in keeping with 2019, and we’re not even halfway through it. Gulp.