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Red Sox vs. Orioles Lineups: The start of the end

Let’s get the last weekend of the year going.

Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Everything has to end eventually. That’s a sad lesson of life you learn at a young age, and it’s something we re-learn every September or, if we’re lucky, October. The Red Sox season started six months ago with so much promise, only to watch things go in the tank right off the bat and never truly, fully recover. There has been plenty of good to go with the hefty amount of bad, and all of it will be covered extensively in the long offseason. The one final thought, though, is that no matter how bad things are it’s always sad when there’s nothing lefty.

We’re not quite there yet, though. Boston has three more games remaining, the first of which coming today. There’s not much to say about the actual game being played tonight because, well, other than it being a baseball game and those being in short supply these days, there’s not much meaning here. Nathan Eovaldi tries to finish his season strong. Mookie Betts, as I choke back tears, is back in the lineup for what could be his final series at Fenway. A whole lot of other guys fit that bill too, including Mitch Moreland and Brock Holt, both of whom get the starts tonight. Let’s do this. It has to end sometime.

Game 160 vs. Orioles

Lineup Spot Orioles Red Sox
Lineup Spot Orioles Red Sox
1 Jonathan Villar, SS Mookie Betts, DH
2 Austin Hays, CF Rafael Devers, 3B
3 Trey Mancini, 1B Xander Bogaerts, SS
4 Dwight Smith Jr., LF Mitch Moreland, 1B
5 Renato Núñez, DH Brock Holt, 2B
6 Rio Ruiz, 3B Sam Travis, LF
7 Hanser Alberto, 2B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
8 DJ Stewart, RF Gorkys Hernández, RF
9 Chance Sisco, C Juan Centeno, C
SP Asher Wojciechowski, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP