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Red Sox at Phillies lineup: Twin bill, Game 1

NO ROWDY TELLEZ!

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
Road warriors?
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The Red Sox visit the Phillies this afternoon (and tonight) for a two-game series that lasts as long as the day does. Game 1 is at 4:05 p.m. and features Martín Pérez vs. Zach Elfin.

Both games are slated for seven innings and by reading the tea leaves, on Twitter, it seems like these short doubleheaders might, along with the universal DH, may end up sticking. I’m cool with both, especially the latter, which feels like basically a done deal. No one is clamoring for pitchers to hit, not even those psycho NL fans who like to bray about the superiority of the sEnIoR cIrCuIt. I, for one, will pass on Pérez at the bat, especially when there’s only seven innings to do the work.

Speaking of doing the work, Bobby Dalbec and Yairo Muñoz have done great work providing a work to this otherwise lifeless team. If it comes at the expense of a couple draft spots, so be it. Winning is good and tanking is bad, and that’s all I have to say about that, except to segue into the lineups.

First off, the big news: no Rowdy Tellez! Huzzah! Glad that’s over. The only real news for this one is that Christian Arroyo is starting at second, Michael Chavis in left (ed. note: Thank you) and Muñoz gets the afternoon off, but seems likely to start tonight. The Phillies are full of Phillies, smh. Bums!!!!

Game 43 at Phillies

Lineup spot Red Sox Phillies
Lineup spot Red Sox Phillies
1 Alex Verdugo, RF Andrew McCutchen, LF
2 Rafael Devers, 3B Rhys Hoskins, 1B
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Bryce Harper, CF
4 JD Martinez, DH JT Realmuto, DH
5 Christian Vázquez, C Jean Segura, 2B
6 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Didi Gregorius, SS
7 Michael Chavis, LF Phil Gosselin, RF
8 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Alec Bohm, 3B
9 Christian Arroyo, 2B Andrew Knapp, C
SP Martín Pérez, LHP Zach Eflin, RHP