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Red Sox vs. Rangers lineup: At least it’s baseball season

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I can’t take credit for the gag, but imitation, flattery, etc.

Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox
I wrote the tweet to rhyme, and I’m proud of me.
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Game 70 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 Hunter Pence, LF Rafael Devers, 3B
5 Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS
6 Danny Santana, RF Christian Vázquez, C
7 Logan Forsythe, 1B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
8 Rougned Odor, 2B Michael Chavis, 1B
9 Jeff Mathis, C Marco Hernández, 2B
SP Adrian Sampson, RHP David Price, LHP

The Red Sox (35-34), free from the Bruins at last, look to win the first game on the first full day of the ‘true’ baseball season around these parts tonight against the Rangers (36-31) and Ángel Hernández tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m.).

So yes the Bruins lost which is bad, but the Sox clinched in St. Louis in 2004, and that’s still gotta hurt. Anyhow, the bit about baseball season only ‘truly’ starting now, which is just a big excuse to write off the not-so-nice first 69 games of the year, is 100 percent true and hopefully David Price can help the Sox finish the series on a positive note. The relevant lineup information per the scorecard above is that Marco Hernández is playing second base, as the rest is chalky. Same with the Rangers, except Nomar Mazara gets the night off, at least to start. So does the rain: There is an 18 percent chance of precipitation, per the no-doubt hard-working metereologists at the lineups website I use, and if it’s anything like the rain that ran through the big, bad city just over the New England border I hear it could fall very hard. Because I heard it on my roof.

The Rangers start Adrian Sampson, who threw a complete game against the A’s last time out and has been a godsend for the Rangers. Let’s send him back?