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Red Sox at Blue Jays lineups: Can Eduardo Rodriguez hold the line?

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The rest of the AL East is coming, but #Ed can push back against the Blue Jays tonight in Florida.

Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Red Sox head to Dunedin, Florida to take on the still-itinerant Toronto Blue Jays (7:37 p.m., NESN) two days after they were stunned by Shohei Ohtani and the Angels.

Eduardo Rodriguez gets the start for Boston, which, having just missed out on a sweep last series, will set out looking for another one. The Blue Jays a present a tougher test than the boys from Anaheim, though, and at 22-17 are tied with the Sox in the loss column and only 1.5 games back coming into tonight. They also have Hyun-Jin Ryu, their best starter, on the mound. He is good at baseball and sports a 2.95 ERA but has a 4.24 ERA against Boston, which I prefer.

The Jays are led by Vladimir Guerrero Jr, who is finally the player we expected him to be... at the ripe old age of 22. He’s just behind Xander Bogaerts in FanGraphs WAR, sixth in baseball, and a potential MVP candidate, and he’s just one of the Jays’s roster of obscenely good second-generation players.

In the interest of fairness, I must ding the Sox for holding their lineups back until about an hour before game time, as I did for Joe Maddon twice last series. Bad Sox. No biscuits. It is very annoying to me and if no one but me and the beat reporters care about it, so be it. The gamblers always like to say they’re the reason the lineups should be out earlier, but the gamblers are not to be trusted. Me, you have enough information to choose. Whatever the case, I definitely get the sense that managers intentionally submit the lineups egregiously late not as a competitive advantage thing (clearly what Joe Maddon was going for) necessarily but just a pure abuse of power that ultimately hurts no one. I’m temporarily sore and all, but I’ll get over it. Adding to the intrigue, the Baseball Press site I use to copy the lineups is itself going in and out, mere hours after a power outage struck, ultimately killing this week’s Over the Monster Podcast. Strange times. Masks off now.

Game 43 at Blue Jays

Lineup spot Red Sox Blue Jays
Lineup spot Red Sox Blue Jays
1 Kiké Hernández, CF Marcus Semien, 2B
2 Alex Verdugo, LF Bo Bichette, SS
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Teoscar Hernández, LF
5 Rafael Devers, 3B Randal Grichuk, CF
6 Christian Vázquez, C Lourdes Gurriel Jr., DH
7 Hunter Renfroe, RF Cavan Biggio, RF
8 Marwin Gonzalez, 2B Santiago Espinal, 3B
9 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Danny Jansen, C
SP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Hyun Jin Ryu, LHP