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Red Sox vs. Braves lineups: The one where they try to get back into first place

It’s Charlie Morton vs. Garrett Richards tonight in the hub.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies
Devers-ity is important.
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The Red Sox will find themselves looking up at a division leader for the first time in more than a month when they kick off an interleague series with the Braves tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN) behind Garrett Richards.

The Braves aren’t the division leader, of course — at 23-24, they’re floundering, though only one game back in the weak NL East. It’s the Rays, winners of 11 straight, who have toppled the Sox, but their half-game lead could be erased in an evening. Richards was good last time out against the Blue Jays, and a good Richards will be necessary if the Sox aren’t merely going to retake the top spot, but keep it.

Charlie Morton pitches for the Braves, and he has not been his usual dominant self, so hopeful that continues tonight. Back at home, the Sox can avail themselves of the DH and put out the New Normal lineup, which cycles Franchy Cordero out of the lineup in favor of Danny Santana, presumably to study the orbit of his recent 800-foot homer. The Braves, as they did in March, have their obscenely talented top-of-lineup followed by a back end that includes Pablo Sandoval, about whom you presumably have opinions. I know I do!

Here are the full lineups:

Game 49 vs. Braves

Lineup spot Braves Red Sox
Lineup spot Braves Red Sox
1 Ronald Acuña Jr., CF Kiké Hernández, 2B
2 Freddie Freeman, 1B Alex Verdugo, LF
3 Marcell Ozuna, LF J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Ozzie Albies, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Austin Riley, 3B Rafael Devers, 3B
6 Dansby Swanson, SS Christian Vázquez, C
7 Pablo Sandoval, DH Danny Santana, CF
8 Guillermo Heredia, RF Hunter Renfroe, RF
9 William Contreras, C Bobby Dalbec, 1B
SP Charlie Morton, RHP Garrett Richards, RHP