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Red Sox vs. Rangers lineup: Have a nice game

It’d better be nice if the Sox want to stay above .500, but there are other reasons, too.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Game 69 vs. Rangers

Lineup spot Rangers Red Sox
Lineup spot Rangers Red Sox
1 Shin-Soo Choo, DH Mookie Betts, RF
2 Delino DeShields, CF Andrew Benintendi, LF
3 Elvis Andrus, SS J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Nomar Mazara, RF Rafael Devers, 3B
5 Hunter Pence, LF Xander Bogaerts, SS
6 Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B Brock Holt, 2B
7 Rougned Odor, 2B Christian Vázquez, C
8 Ronald Guzman, 1B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9 Jeff Mathis, C Michael Chavis, 1B
SP Lancy Lynn, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP

The Red Sox (34-34) face the Rangers (36-30) this afternoon at 4:05 looking to stay above .500 with Rick Porcello on the mound in what is, yes, their 69th game of the year. I say this with no real joy, but I cannot avoid it: Nice.

You know what would be nicer? A win. Scoring more runs than the Texas Rangers and Lance Lynn, who starts today. Of potential concern here is that the Red Sox don’t like to win much anymore, one, but two, Sandy León is not starting for his BFF Porcello, so who knows which Pretty Ricky we’re going to see out there? Either way he’ll probably be better than Darwinzon, but you ought to be when you have a Cy Young Award. Which is still funny, btw.

Very little else to report on the offense except Brock Holt is back at second, which rotates Jackie Bradley Jr. back into the lineup in into the field, and puts J.D. Martinez back in the DH spot. As for the Rangers lineup, they’re heathens and if you say their names aloud or even type them, you will face the wrath of God. Or so I’m told. Except Elvis Andrus. Still cool.