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Red Sox at Rays lineup: The eye of the storm

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Would that a hurricane delayed this one.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Mets
Help us, Nathan Eovaldi. You are (quite literally) our only hope.
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There’s a leftover hurricane drenching the East Coast while the flailing Red Sox sit in Florida, of all places, to begin their cursed season anew, after an Aceves-sent day off, in the worst building in baseball. That’s bad. On the bright side, Nathan Eovaldi is starting. That’s good! On the flip side of that, Charlie Morton, who is better than Eovaldi, is starting for Tampa Bay. That’s also bad!

I will forgo the Simpsons’ frogurt joke here and instead note how happy I am this game is at 6:40 p.m. and not at 7:30 like the home games. The Red Sox’s subtlety in screwing over their fans has dwindled in every way, so I’m not surprised at the late starts, just disappointed, which as every kid who screwed up knows is way worse. If we were gonna steal their general manager the least we could have done was swipe the early start times, too, but noooooooo. This year you’ll get bad baseball, served late, at least when the Sox get their say.

Tonight, especially with the good pitchers on the mound, you may get an early rest. Maybe the Sox will even win! The odds say it’s gotta happen sooner or later. Not much to report on the lineup side. So here you go:

Game 11 at Rays

Lineup spot Red Sox Rays
Lineup spot Red Sox Rays
1 Andrew Benintendi, LF Austin Meadows, LF
2 Rafael Devers, 3B Brandon Lowe, 2B
3 JD Martinez, DH Yandy Díaz, DH
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Ji-Man Choi, 1B
5 Mitch Moreland, 1B Yoshi Tsutsugo, 3B
6 Christian Vázquez, C Joey Wendle, SS
7 Alex Verdugo, RF Hunter Renfroe, RF
8 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
9 José Peraza, 2B Michael Pérez, C
SP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Charlie Morton, RHP