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Red Sox at Orioles lineups: Bogaerts back as Sox look for fifth win in a row

The Sox look for their fifth win in a row behind Garrett Richards.

Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox
Marking the spot.
Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Red Sox look to win their fifth straight game following a rare Friday day off when they face off with the Orioles tonight behind Garrett Richards (7:05 p.m., NESN).

Richards was the only Sox starter to have a legitimately bad first outing; outside of Eduardo Rodriguez, for whom there are obviously mitigating circumstances, no one else was close.

Richards took the Easter Sunday loss, allowing 6 runs over 2 innings before being being yanked, and ended up as a footnote even among Garretts when his namesake, Garrett Whitlock, came through with an impressive 3.1 inning, 5-strikeout performance. Still, as Christopher Smith of MassLive reported, he wasn’t going to get too worried about it:

I’ve got 32 more starts. Yeah, today didn’t go great, but I threw plenty of strikes and some competitive pitches and threw some great pitches that honestly just ended up not going our way. That’s part of the game of baseball. I’m not going to change anything that I’m doing right now. I felt great in my delivery. I felt strong. My arm felt good. It’s just about building on it and gaining some momentum. As soon as I get that first good start out of the way, we build momentum and carry forward.

Richards noted that he was mostly beaten by balls hit against the shift, and implied that positive regression was coming, as it has for the rest of the team. Here’s an anecdote from Smith’s game story: at the time, Xander Bogaerts was 1 for 12. He is now 9 for 24, which is .667 over 4 games. If he hits .667 over the rest of the year, that would be cool.

He’s back in the lineup, with the off-day rotation finally snaring J.D. Martinez, at least at the outset. Christian Vázquez is DHing and batting cleanup, with Kevin Plawecki behind the dish. Too nice to write anymore; I’m gonna go outside, fire up the radio, and enjoy the afternoon. I hope you’ll join me (figuratively, or literally, I’m jabbed, come on over).

Game 8 at Orioles

Lineup spot Red Sox Orioles
Lineup spot Red Sox Orioles
1 Kiké Hernández, CF Cedric Mullins, CF
2 Alex Verdugo, RF Trey Mancini, 1B
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Anthony Santander, RF
4 Christian Vázquez, DH Ryan Mountcastle, DH
5 Rafael Devers, 3B DJ Stewart, LF
6 Marwin Gonzalez, LF Mikael Franco, 3B
7 Christian Arroyo, 2B Rio Ruiz, 2B
8 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Freddy Galvis, SS
9 Kevin Plawecki, C Chance Sisco, C
SP Garrett Richards, RHP Bruce Zimmerman, LHP