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Red Sox vs. Rays lineup: Hart to watch

Kyle Hart makes his debut for our floundering boys.

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The Red Sox look to avoid being swept by the visiting Rays when they meet up this afternoon (4:30 p.m.) at Fenway Park.

Kyle Hart starts for the Sox and if, like me, you’re like uhhhhh what, here’s a primer. He’s an easy guy to root for, so that’s nice, a grinder who has risen through the ranks during the short season of considerable attrition. Side note: you know how if you accidentally capitalize a letter on your phone sometimes it’s hard to get it to stop, even as you try to correct it? Well that just happened with the word “risen.” Make of it what you will.

Tyler Glasnow, an honest to Aceves starting pitching, and a good one, starts for Tampa Bay. Andrew Benintendi is hurt and not in the lineup, while Xander Bogaerts gets the day off. The Rays are back with virtually everyone batting or playing in a different spot again, but so it goes. At least they’re playing to win!

Here are the lineups:

Game 19 vs. Rays

Lineup spot Rays Red Sox
Lineup spot Rays Red Sox
1 Mike Brosseau, 3B Alex Verdugo, LF
2 José Martinez, 1B Rafael Devers, 3B
3 Yandy Díaz, DH JD Martinez, DH
4 Hunter Renfroe, RF Mitch Moreland, 1B
5 Brandon Lowe, 2B Kevin Pillar, RF
6 Willy Adames, SS Kevin Plawecki, C
7 Manuel Margot, CF Jonathan Araúz, 2B
8 Yoshi Tsutsugo, LF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9 Mike Zunino, C José Peraza, SS
SP Tyler Glasnow, RHP Kyle Hart, LHP