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Red Sox at Rays lineup: Destination splitsville?

The Sox look to tie the series on getaway day.

MLB: Game One-Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies
Imagine this but without the sun.
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The Red Sox finish a four-game set with the Rays when the meet at 1:10 p.m. down in Florida behind Martín Pérez.

The Rays start Charlie Morton, who, as we have mentioned in these parts before, is pretty good. He’s still building up innings, and last time out threw five frames against the Nationals. Pérez also threw five inning innings last time out and has a similar ERA to Morton, ergo, he’s just as good. The rotation is saved!

Anyhow the Sox fell 5-4 last night but that’s a lot closer than 11-1, like Friday night, but as Friday night was Celtics time, it’s all good. Boston can salvage the series split today. It’s entirely possible you’ll be watching the Patriots and/or Red Zone, but they can salvage it nonetheless.

It being Sunday, the lineup is kooky. Both Christian Arroyo and Tzu-Wei Lin are in and Yairo Muñoz bats leadoff, with Xander Bogaerts and Alex Verdugo getting breathers. The Rays, as is their obnoxious custom (and one the Sox are sure to adopt), change almost everyone in the lineup again. Whatever. Go Cam.

Game 48 at Rays

Lineup spot Red Sox Rays
Lineup spot Red Sox Rays
1 Yairo Muñoz, RF Manuel Margot, CF
2 Christian Vázquez, C Randy Arozarena, LF
3 Rafael Devers, 3B Joey Wendle, 3B
4 JD Martinez, DH Mike Brousseau, 2B
5 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Hunter Renfroe, RF
6 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Nate Lowe, 1B
7 Michael Chavis, LF Willy Adames, SS
8 Christian Arroyo, 2B Yoshi Tsutsugo, DH
9 Tzu-Wei Lin, SS Kevan Smith, C
SP Martín Pérez, LHP Charlie Morton, RHP