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Red Sox at Twins lineups: One day at a time

You know the rest.

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The right guy at the right time.
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The Red Sox and Twins will face off this afternoon (2:10 p.m., NESN) the day after their scheduled game was cancelled in the wake of the police killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

Yesterday’s scheduled starters, Martín Pérez and J.A. Happ, will be on the mound for the Sox and Twins, respectively. For more color on the game, see yesterday’s lineups post.

Before we get to the lineups, though, I want to note that for all the questions about Alex Cora’s return as manager and the concomitant hand-wringing, it’s days like yesterday that show his value to the franchise. About Wright, he said, per the Globe’s Tom Westerholm:

“First things first, my thoughts and prayers to the Wright family,” Cora said. “Obviously a very tough situation, sad situation, especially in this area. It’s been tough the last 12 months with everything that’s been going on so from that end, my thoughts and prayers.”

Is it pablum? Yes. But as a fan I know he knows the relative importance of the forces at work here. He also said “the game is the game, and there’s more important things than the game,” and while anyone could say it, I believe him. There is no separating politics and sports and it’s pretending otherwise is a plea for attention, and Cora, unlike many baseball lifers, seems to understand this in a way that might not be true of all of his peers. I am glad he is the one speaking for an organization that did and said some embarrassing things in his absence. You can still knock him for the trash can nonsense (I do not), but his inappropriate behavior then and his leadership now can, and do, coexist. I am happier to have him for this moment than for the winning streak which, of course, can reach seven with a win today.

Screed over. Let’s watch baseball. Here are the lineups:

Game 10 at Twins

Lineup spot Red Sox Twins
Lineup spot Red Sox Twins
1 Kiké Hernández, CF Byron Buxton, CF
2 Alex Verdugo, LF Kyle Garlick, RF
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Nelson Cruz, DH
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Mitch Garver, C
5 Rafael Devers, 3B Jorge Polanco, 2B
6 Christian Vázquez, C Miguel Sanó, 1B
7 Hunter Renfroe, RF Willians Astudillo, 3B
8 Christian Arroyo, 2B Andrelton Simmons, SS
9 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Luis Arraez, LF
SP Martín Pérez, LHP J.A. Happ, LHP