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Red Sox at White Sox lineup: Can E-Rod follow Chris Sale’s example and remember how to pitch?

Today’s lineup kind of looks like the positions were randomly assigned, honestly.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
Throw the ball where they can’t hit it, but is still a strike.
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Game 34 at White Sox

Lineup spot Red Sox White Sox
Lineup spot Red Sox White Sox
1 Andrew Benintendi, CF Leury García, CF
2 Mookie Betts, RF Tim Anderson, SS
3 J.D. Martinez, DH José Abreu, DH
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS James McCann, C
5 Michael Chavis, 1B Yoan Moncada, 3B
6 Rafael Devers, 3B José Rondón, 2B
7 Steve Pearce, LF Yonder Alonso, 1B
8 Eduardo Núñez, 2B Ryan Cordell, RF
9 Christian Vázquez, C Nicky Delmonico, LF
SP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Manny Bañuelos, LHP

The Red Sox (15-18) look to build on Chris Sale’s return to form when they face the White Sox (14-16) on the South Side of Chicago at 7:10 p.m. looking to go up 2-1 in the season series.

Michael Chavis has been the story of the last two weeks, and he gets a new position in today’s lineup. He’ll play first base against Chicago lefty Manny Bañuelos, who faces a Sox lineup with many players out of their regular spots. Not only is Chavis at firsti (and batting fifth!), Andrew Benintendi’s in center field and Steve Pearce is in left, with Jackie Bradley Jr. getting another rest day against the southpaw. Also, Eduardo Núñez is back at second base, which is good because #teamchaos.

Eduardo Rodriguez gets the call for Boston looking to follow Sale’s redemption act. Last time out he gave up four runs and didn’t make it through five, leaving his ERA at an unsightly 6.16. The wild part about it is that Eck was talking about how great he looked in the first inning last time out — correctly! — and then it all went to hell, but that’s just the E-Rod way. Keeps you on your toes, at least. Tune in tonight to see how he gets into trouble this time! He might even get out of it, you know.