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Red Sox vs. Athletics lineup: The battle for 23-15

No, it’s not a football score. It’s the record of tonight’s winner.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox
Losses three? It cannot be!
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The Red Sox and A’s will shed their identical 22-15 records when they meet for the second time this season tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN.

The Sox will look to avoid losing their three straight games for the first time since the opening series behind Eduardo Rodriguez, who went five strong last time against the Orioles in a nice bounceback effort. James Kaprelian, Oakland’s tenth-ranked prospect, will make the first start of his career after two stray relief appearances last year. There are worse things to face as a team in a micro funk than a guy full of butterflies. Neat for him to debut in Fenway, though.

In sad news, yesterday’s loss dropped Boston to merely second in the American League, winning percentage-wise, tied with these very A’s for that distinction, just behind the White Sox. That can all change tonight, and will, by definition, so the Sox could find themselves back up top tomorrow or even (shudder) in third... but still first in the one-on-one battle with the Yankees, i.e. the important stuff.

The Red Sox run out the same lineup as yesterday, a gift to a guy doing this on his iPad, where entering the names stinks. The A’s do not, but who cares about them? Not me.

Game 38 vs. Athletics

Lineup spot Athletics Red Sox
Lineup spot Athletics Red Sox
1 Mark Canha, LF Marwin Gonzalez, 2B
2 Jed Lowrie, 2B Alex Verdugo, CF
3 Ramon Laureano, CF J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Matt Olson, 1B Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Matt Chapman, 3B Rafael Devers, 3B
6 Stephen Piscotty, RF Christian Vázquez, C
7 Sean Murphy, C Hunter Renfroe, RF
8 Mitch Moreland, DH Franchy Cordero, LF
9 Elvis Andrus, SS Michael Chavis, 1B
SP James Kaprelian, RHP Eduardo Rodriguez, RHP