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Red Sox at Orioles lineup: The cellar tour continues

Eduardo Rodriguez looks to rebound from a subpar performance tonight in Bo’more.

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The Red Sox finish their string of AL cellar-dwelling opponents when they visit the plucky Orioles tonight (7:05 p.m., NESN) in Baltimore behind Eduardo Rodriguez, who looks to bounce back after his first poor start on the year.

The Sox are 3-4 so far on this run of lower-tier opponents, and the Orioles may be playing the best of that bunch. At 15-16, they’re just one game back of the Yankees, thanks to players like Matt Harvey, who gets the start tonight with his ERA clocking in at just over 4.00 — a major win for the O’s so far.

E-Rod is in the same boat ERA-wise, but if he can regain his form from two starts ago, and virtually all of them before that, he should be in good shape tonight. It would be especially nice for the Sox to get a strong starting pitching performance after the experimental theater they threw out there in all phases of the game against Detroit.

The big news in Lineup Land is that Marwin Gonzalez is leading off with both Kiké Hernández and Christian Arroyo not playing, apparently due to the “your most second base-type guy must bat first” rule, which absolutely seems to be a thing.

Game 33 at Orioles

Lineup spot Red Sox Orioles
Lineup spot Red Sox Orioles
1 Marwin Gonzalez, 2B Cedric Mullins, CF
2 Alex Verdugo, CF Austin Hays, RF
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Trey Mancini, DH
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Pedro Severino, C
5 Rafael Devers, 3B Maikel Franco, 3B
6 Christian Vázquez, C Ryan Mountcastle, LF
7 Hunter Renfroe, RF Freddy Galvis, SS
8 Franchy Cordero, LF Pat Valaika, 1B
9 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Ramón Urías, 2B
SP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Matt Harvey, RHP