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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Lineups: Let’s try this again

Xander’s back, at least.

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Red Sox did not get their doubleheader on Wednesday against the Blue Jays off to the start they were hoping for, dropping the opener 4-1 with their lack of offense being the main culprit. The bats had some chances early in that one, but they couldn’t get the big hits they needed. For this latter half, starting at 7:10 PM ET, they’re looking for a bounce back at the plate.

The good news on that front is that Xander Bogaerts will be back in the lineup after missing the last few games. At first his absence was chalked up to just a normal day off, but Alex Cora eventually said some wrist issues played into it as well. That said, he’s back tonight and hopefully is the spark they need. Other changes from the first game are Kiké Hernández moving back to second base, J.D. Martinez back to DH, Plawecki over behind the plate, and Jarren Duran coming in at center field with Michael Chavis heading to the bench.

And then on the mound, Boston has Tanner Houck going. The righty still has his issues, mainly with his offspeed pitches, but if the slider looks like it did last time out it won’t really matter. With only Yacksel Ríos and Brandon Workman coming out of the bullpen in the first game, Cora has his top relievers all ready to go if Houck does hit any early snags.

Here are the full lineups for both sides:

Game 103 vs. Blue Jays

Lineup Spot Blue Jays Red Sox
Lineup Spot Blue Jays Red Sox
1 George Springer, CF Kiké Hernández, 2B
2 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., DH Rafael Devers, 3B
3 Marcus Semien, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS
4 Bo Bichette, SS J.D. Martinez, DH
5 Teoscar Hernández, LF Hunter Renfroe, RF
6 Lourdes Gurriel Jr., 1B Alex Verdugo, LF
7 Randal Grichuk, RF Kevin Plawecki, C
8 Santiago Espinal, 3B Bobby Dalbec, 1B
9 Reese McGuire, C Jarren Duran, CF
SP Steven Matz, LHP Tanner Houck, RHP