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Red Sox at Rays lineup: Nick Pivetta will gas you up

After reaching 96 MPH in his first outing, he’ll look to keep the heat going today.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves
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The Red Sox are back in action at 1:05 p.m. for a nine-inning game against the Rays Tuesday after a sweet, sweet off day. There’s no NESN broadcast for this one, but you can watch the Rays broadcast with an MLB.TV subscription

Nick Pivetta will make his second spring appearance, nearly a week after a March debut that saw him top 96 MPH on the radar gun. Calling his velocity something “I’ve always had in my back pocket,” the 2020 trade acquisition. says he has been focused on throwing harder in games, per MassLive’s Christopher Smith.

“I’ve definitely taken a lot of steps forward from when I was at the alternate site (last summer) to now,” Pivetta said. ‘I’ve worked really, really hard in the weight room this offseason. Worked on mechanics. Worked on how I deliver pitches. Commanding my pitches better. Game-planning better. ... I’d say I’m in a really good position right now. I’m feeling really confident.”

He still needs to avoid hard contact, but hey, it’s a start!

Pivetta will be backed up by a lineup headlined by Alex Verdugo and Rafael “Mookie who?” Devers, and will face down a Rays lineup including World Series hero Randy Arozarena and Ji-Man Choi, who’s super cool. If the Sox are forever chasing former Rays, perhaps some day we can get the Ji-Man.

Red Sox lineup

1. Christian Arroyo, SS

2. Alex Verdugo, CF

3. Hunter Renfroe, RF

4. Rafael Devers, 3B

5. Bobby Dalbec, 1B

6. Michael Chavis, 2B

7. Kevin Plawecki, C

8. Yairo Muñoz, DH

9. Marcus Wilson, LF

SP: Nick Pivetta, RHP

Rays lineup

1. Brett Phillips, RF

2. Randy Arozarena, LF

3. Austin Meadows, DH

4. Yandy Díaz, 3B

5. Ji-Man Choi, 1B

6. Willy Adames, SS

7. Kevin Kiermaier, LF

8. Joey Wendle, 2B

9. Mike Zunino, C

SP: Josh Fleming, LHP