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Red Sox vs. White Sox lineup: Halfway home

The semantics of what “first half” means aside, this is game number 81 of (probably) 162.

Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox
“Should we win the World Series again this year? I think we should.”
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Game 81 vs. White Sox

Lineup spot White Sox Red Sox
Lineup spot White Sox Red Sox
1 Leury García, CF Mookie Betts, RF
2 Tim Anderson, SS Rafael Devers, 3B
3 Jose Abreu, 1B Xander Bogaerts, SS
4 James McCann, DH J.D. Martinez, LF
5 Eloy Jiménez, LF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
6 Jon Jay, RF Christian Vázquez, C
7 Yoan Moncada, 3B Michael Chavis, 1B
8 José Rondón, 2B Marco Hernández, 2B
9 Zack Collins, C Eduardo Núñez, DH
SP Carson Fulmer, RHP David Price, LHP

The Red Sox (43-37) close out the first half of the schedule against the White Sox (36-40) behind David Price tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN).

So... that was something last night? The Marco Hernández game? In this economy? It was a fitting way to reach midway through the year, except it was the game before, but maybe tonight is just an epilogue. In which case, perhaps it is not too much to hope that it is a breezy and promising one from the arm of Price, who, outside of That Start Against Texas, has been pretty good. Problem was, that was recently. Good thing is, recently is not today.

The lineup is shifted all around in the absence of Andrew Benintendi, the upshot of which is that Eduardo Núñez is DHing again. A word about this. If the Red Sox farm system is otherwise thin, it has no shortage of guys who can absolutely murder the baseball from the corner infield and/or DH positions, and it will be good when they can DH instead of the likes of, you know, Nunie. Who is nonethless beloved, and I understand the idea of using the DH as a way to get platoon players regular at-bats, or regular players rest days, and the rest of the league does this too, but... enough! Bobby Dalbec and Triston Casas, age thyselves immediately!

The White Sox counter with Carson Fulmer, who’s just an opener, but as one with a 6.35 ERA, an exciting one! I’d love for the Sox to get the vintage Fulmer experience. Your time will be brief, Carson. Make it count. For us.