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Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: Can Garrett Richards rise to the occasion?

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It’s Easter at Fenway Park, where the Sox look to escape the first series of the year without egg on their faces.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves
Let’s get the good Garrett, got it?
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The Red Sox look to get into the win column when Garrett Richards makes his Boston debut this afternoon (1:10 p.m., NESN) against Bruce Zimmermann and the Orioles.

Richards, who missed the latter portion of camp due to COVID-19 contact tracing protocols, was cleared by medical professionals to return to the team last week when it was determined Matt Barnes’s positive test was non-contagious. Hopefully the days off help Richards put his spring training behind him; the righty put up an ERA of 5.93 over 16 Grapefruit League innings, and will look to turn the page on that nonsense starting today. His mustache is still great, though.

Yesterday’s game was, like the one before it, a panoply of missed opportunities on offense and sloppy play on defense. Perhaps the third time’s the charm to get things right, and the Sox will look to do so with Rafael Devers on the bench against a lefty. Marwin Gonzalez—the one guy hitting everything in sight—will slide over to third, with Christian Arroyo getting the start at second. Christian Vázquez is back in the lineup and expected to start for the rest of the homestand, but things could change.

The Orioles start Bruce Zimmermann who, despite playing in several dynasty baseball leagues, and having done these lineups for four or five years (who can remember?), I have never heard of, but who, per Andrea SK at our (evil) cousin site Camden Chat, outperformed several higher-rated players to make the early season roster, our favorite type of dude. Rock on. He doesn’t throw very hard, but the Sox don’t hit it hard, so it’s a fair fight. As for the lineup, almost nothing has changed except some shuffling at the bottom of the order, with Chance Sisco getting the Sunday start behind the plate.

Now let’s go break some eggs, shall we?

Game 3 vs. Orioles

Lineup spot Orioles Red Sox
Lineup spot Orioles Red Sox
1 Cedric Mullins, CF Kiké Hernández, CF
2 Trey Mancini, 1B Alex Verdugo, LF
3 Anthony Santander, RF J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Ryan Mountcastle, DH Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Rio Ruiz, 2B Marwin Gonzalez, 3B
6 Mikael Franco, 3B Hunter Renfroe, RF
7 Freddy Galvis, SS Christian Vázquez, C
8 Austin Hays, LF Bobby Dalbec, 1B
9 Chance Sisco, C Christian Arroyo, 2B
SP Bruce Zimmermann, LHP Garrett Richards, RHP