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Red Sox at Rays lineups: Eyes on first place

The Sox need to win tonight in Florida behind Nick Pivetta to stay atop the AL East.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
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The Red Sox look to get back on the horse after last night’s Tampa Bay blitz when they finish up their three-game set against the Rays behind Nick Pivetta (7:10 p.m., NESN).

Correlation may not equal causation, but Pivetta is one of a number of Sox starters whose luck has turned at the same time Major League Baseball has begun to crack down on pitchers using foreign substances. The long and short of it is that he hasn’t been particularly sharp recently, particularly in the “not giving up the long ball” department—he’s allowed six over his last three starts. Fortunately for the Sox, Michael Wacha, Tampa Bay’s starter, hasn’t been any better, and ought to give Boston a chance to escape the Trop still clinging to the AL East lead.

For the loud contingent of Sox fans upset about the leadoff spot, there is some relief, as the recently recalled Michael Chavis will take his turn in the hot seat and play second base. Otherwise little to report. We do love a slow news day.

Game 75 at Rays

Lineup spot Red Sox Rays
Lineup spot Red Sox Rays
1 Michael Chavis, 2B Brandon Lowe, 2B
2 Alex Verdugo, LF Wander Franco, SS
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Randy Arozarena, RF
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Austin Meadows, LF
5 Rafael Devers, 3B Yandy Díaz, 1B
6 Hunter Renfroe, RF Ji-Man Choi, DH
7 Kiké Hernández, CF Joey Wendle, 3B
8 Christian Vázquez, C Francisco Mejía, C
9 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Kevin Kiermaier, CF
SP Nick Pivetta, RHP Michael Wacha, RHP