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Red Sox at Twins lineup: Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’

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What? Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’...

Boston Red Sox v Minnesota Twins
Master in the B.O.G.E.-arts (Baseball Obliterating, Great, Excellent)
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Game 75 at Twins

Lineup spot Red Sox Twins
Lineup spot Red Sox Twins
1 Mookie Betts, RF Jorge Polanco, SS
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Mitch Garver, C
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Nelson Cruz, DH
4 Rafael Devers, 3B Eddie Rosario, LF
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS C.J. Cron, 1B
6 Brock Holt, 2B Marwin Gonzalez, RF
7 Michael Chavis, 1B Miguel Sanó, 3B
8 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Jake Cave, CF
9 Christian Vázquez, C Jonathan Schoop, 2B
SP David Price, LHP Michael Pineda, RHP

The Red Sox (40-34) look to stay in a groove against the likely overachieving but still scary Twins (47-24) behind David Price tonight in one of two cities — I don’t much care which, but the game is at 8:10 p.m.

You may have noticed I no longer do the lineups every day. You may also not have noticed, but now everybody knows. This is relevant to today because while Alex Cora tends to tinker with the lineup from game to game, sometimes patterns can emerge that are hard to divine in the fog of war (read: trying to get the lineups up while LITERALLY juggling my kids), but easier at a remove, or if the coincidence hits you right in the face.

In this case it was the latter. I copied the last lineup I did — for the Saturday game against Baltimore — because each lineup document needs to be in our system individually, rather than just have one form we fill out every day. Shruggie guy. Point was, the lineup was identical save for who was playing catcher, but everything else was identical. Long story short: There may be tinkering, but this is one of the lineups you can expect to see from time to time.

Anyhow I might have seriously buried the lede here: the Twins starter is former Yankee prospect Michael Pineda, who loves giving up home runs. Just adores it. This is a good quality for an opposing pitcher to have though, frankly, his struggles have made the rest of his team’s insane production that much more impressive. Speaking of his team, they have a bunch of guys including Nelson Cruz, who his a million homers. That’s all I have to say about that. Go Sox!