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Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Wacha, Wander, for World Series runners-up

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With no split squad, the Sox field another top-heavy lineup too.

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves
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The Red Sox meet one of their division rivals for this first time in 2021 when they face down the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. at JetBlue Park. For a second straight day, we can watch this one as ESPN has the broadcast this afternoon.

Martín Pérez, back with Boston for 2021, will get his first turn on the mound, where he’ll be matched by Michael Wacha, making his first American League appearance after stints with the Cardinals and Mets. We will be seeing a lot of him.

Another player we will be seeing a lot of is Wander Franco, the near-consensus top prospect in baseball, who will start at DH and bat ninth. He’s going to be... a problem.

The Sox roll out a lineup that’s closer to one we might see for a regular season game, albeit a Xander Bogaerts rest day. Also with Connor Wong making his first start, though otherwise quickly but surely the regulars—a group that could include Jarren Duran, who gets his second start and bats second again—are getting game action, in the absence of everybody-gets-a-start split-squad games. I do not think it’s a coincidence that Kiké Hernández is batting leadoff again, and suspect we will see him there during the regular season, but enough soothsaying: to the lineups!

Rays lineup

1. Willy Adames, SS

2. Francisco Mejía, C

3. Randy Arozarena, LF

4. Wander Franco, DH

5. Manuel Margot, RF

6. Brett Phillips, CF

7. Taylor Walls, 2B

8. Kevin Padlo, 3B

9. Dalton Kelly, 1B

SP: Michael Wacha, RHP

Red Sox lineup

1. Kiké Hernández, SS

2. Jarren Duran, CF

3. J.D. Martinez, DH

4. Rafael Devers, 3B

5. Hunter Renfroe, RF

6. Michael Chavis, 1B

7. Yairo Muñoz, LF

8. Connor Wong, C

9. Jonathan Araúz, 2B

SP: Martín Pérez, LHP