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Red Sox vs. White Sox lineups: It’s never too early to win

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It’s Patriots’ Day, and you know what that means: 11 a.m. baseball!

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
Let’s do this.
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The Red Sox look to avenge yesterday’s doubleheader sweep at the hands of the White Sox when they face off again bright and early this morning (11:10 a.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-market) behind Nathan Eovaldi.

It’s Patriots’ Day, which I have traditionally used to measure the “real” start of the season. This year, the Red Sox are 10-6, in first place by two games over the Rays, and that is good. A big part of the success has come from the pitchers, including Eovaldi, who enters his fourth start with an ERA just over 2. Not to be outdone, the White Sox counter with all around cool dude and down low Cy Young Award contender Lucas Giolito, the post-hype prospect who keeps hitting bigger and bigger, figuratively speaking.

Befitting the early start time, the lineups didn’t come out until considerably closer to first pitch than usual, so there might be a distinct lack of color in this here blog. The only real news to report anyway is that Xander Bogaerts gets the day off, with Marwin Gonzalez sliding over to shortstop. Pump that coffee! It’s almost game time, folks!

Game 17 vs. White Sox

Lineup spot White Sox Red Sox
Lineup spot White Sox Red Sox
1 Tim Anderson, SS Kiké Hernández, 2B
2 Adam Eaton, RF Alex Verdugo, CF
3 Luis Robert, CF J.D. Martinez, DH
4 José Abreu, 1B Rafael Devers, 3B
5 Yasmani Grandal, C Christian Vázquez, C
6 Yermín Mercedes, DH Marwin Gonzalez, SS
7 Jake Lamb, 3B Hunter Renfroe, RF
8 Leury García, LF Franchy Cordero, LF
9 Nick Madrigal, 2B Bobby Dalbec, 1B
SP Lucas Giolito, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP