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Red Sox at Blue Jays lineup: Can’t escape the Rays, even in Buffalo

Or just the one: Robbie Ray, having the best season of his career, starts for the Blue Jays tonight in upstate New York.

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The Red Sox face the surprising Robbie Ray and the Blue Jays tonight in Buffalo looking to build on Monday night’s performance behind the beleaguered Garrett Richards (7:07 p.m., NESN).

Last night’s rainout was extremely convenient for the Blue Jays in the short term, as it allowed them to bypass emergency starter Thomas Hatch and get back on schedule with Ray, who’s having the best season of his peripatetic career after his recent discovery of the strike zone. It took him about a decade, but he finally found it, and that works well when you can throw really hard and are a lefty, neither of which much describes Richards any more. It’s not a great matchup for our heroes tonight, I can’t lie—I mean I could, but I won’t—but that’s why they play the games and whatnot, to flip the script and all.

Speaking of flipping the script, Jarren Duran is out of the lineup against the lefty, which stinks a bunch but hey, when you can bat Danny Santana second, you gotta do it! I kid, at least about having to do it, because it’s very really happening, but the new-look lineup survives the switch to a southpaw, with (relatively) struggling J.D. Martinez batting fifth, behind the other two big boys. “Toronto” doesn’t change its lineup at all against the same pitcher they were set to see tomorrow, which makes sense:

Game 96 at Blue Jays

Lineup spot Red Sox Blue Jays
Lineup spot Red Sox Blue Jays
1 Kiké Hernández, CF Marcus Semien, 2B
2 Danny Santana, LF Bo Bichette, SS
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B
4 Rafael Devers, 3B George Springer, CF
5 J.D. Martinez, DH Teoscar Hernández, LF
6 Hunter Renfroe, RF Randal Grichuk, RF
7 Christian Vázquez, C Lourdes Gurriel Jr., DH
8 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Cavan Biggio, 3B
9 Michael Chavis, 2B Danny Jansen, C
SP Garrett Richards, RHP Robbie Ray, LHP