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Red Sox at Rangers lineup: Tree falling in the woods

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Forget it Marge, it’s garbage time.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
Lakins in!
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The Red Sox (83-75) and Rangers (75-83) will face off this afternoon at 2 p.m. for a Texas-style afternoon treat where the most that’s on the line, big picture, is which team gets to add a win to their mirror-image record.

Smaller picture, this is when players who rarely get a chance to play get the only at-bats they’re ever going to have, or the best chance they’ll ever have, a phenomenon described here pretty well, albeit to the NFL. J.D. Martinez is playing, as is Andrew Benintendi, but the long goodbye is nearing its end, and the regulars are mostly dropping like flies. Not you, though. You’re a true believer. That’s why you’re even bothering to read this. For that, we appreciate you, but not enough to dress up this game any more than necessary. To the lineups!:

Game 159 at Rangers

Lineup spot Red Sox Rangers
Lineup spot Red Sox Rangers
1 Marco Hernández, 2B Shin-Soo Choo, RF
2 Andrew Benintendi, LF Elvis Andrus, SS
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Danny Santana, CF
4 Sam Travis, 1B Rougned Odor, 2B
5 Brock Holt, 3B Nick Solak, DH
6 Gorkys Hernandez, RF Ronald Guzman, 1B
7 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Scott Heineman, LF
8 Sandy León, C Jose Trevino, C
9 Chris Owings, SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 3B
SP Travis Lakins, RHP Mike Minor, LHP