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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineups: You’ll never walk alone (to a three-game winning streak, you’ll have to hit too)

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Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox
“Super League dead? Super League dead.”
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The Red Sox look for their third win in a row behind beleaguered Garrett Richards when they face Trent Thornton and the Blue Jays at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN) tonight.

If there is a flaw in the otherwise near-perfect mosaic that is the 2021 Red Sox so far, it’s Garrett Richards. As something named Keaton deRocher wrote in these digital pages, Richards needs to continue building his velocity to fully exploit his arsenal,* not unlike an iron needing to be work out the kinks. He’ll be matched by Trent Thornton, who’s a swing reliever/starter making his first start of the year, and who hasn’t thrown more than 34 pitches yet this season, so is perhaps not long for the game, by design.

*Speaking of arsenals, a lot has happened since yesterday’s lineups appeared, and the heartiest of congratulations are due to the Pool boys, of whom Xander is apparently one:

That is, in the words of the Bard, what’s up.

As far as the lineups go, after a weekend that saw the 3/4/5 hitters get an off day each, they’re all back, as are associate members 2 (Alex Verdugo) and 6 (Christian Vázquez). The Blue Jays have suffled their order a bit, moving one of their sons of Major Leaguers above the other two at Marcus Semien’s expense. Cold world.

Game 19 vs. Blue Jays

Lineup spot Blue Jays Red Sox
Lineup spot Blue Jays Red Sox
1 Cavan Biggio, 3B Kiké Hernández, CF
2 Bo Bichette, SS Alex Verdugo, RF
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Rowdy Tellez, DH Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Randal Grichuk, CF Rafael Devers, 3B
6 Marcus Semien, 2B Christian Vázquez, C
7 Josh Palacios, RF Marwin Gonzalez, 2B
8 Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF Bobby Dalbec, 1B
9 Danny Jansen, C Franchy Cordero, LF
SP Trent Thornton, RHP Garrett Richards, RHP