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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineups: Jarren Duran against a lefty? In this economy?

Last night’s hero plays, while Rafael Devers gets a day off.

Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox
Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Red Sox finish up their four-game series with the Blue Jays tonight at Fenway Park in Eduardo Rodriguez’s first start since leaving early with a migraine—and he’ll face stiff competition from Toronto starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (7:10 p.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-network).

Now this a Sox blog and all, and we love our Soxies, so we know it would be unfortunate if they had to split the season playing “home” games between Ft. Myers and, like, Hartford. The fans have been incredible this year and a huge part of it has been because of the sheer thrill of enjoying them together after last year’s trauma. So it’s worth noting that this is the Blue Jays’s last game before they finally return to Canada to play at home, and we salute the lengths to which they’ve gone to keep grinding while the rest of the league has returned to something near normal.

Of course it would be preferable for them to return north with a big sad from a loss tonight, so let’s all root for that anyway. Don’t want it to be too happy of a reunion.

As you know from the headline, Jarren Duran is starting against a lefty for the first time in his young career, while Rafael Devers gets the day off after leaving last night’s game early. Even without Raffy the Sox are starting a surprising number of lefties, including at first base, where Franchy Cordero gets the start, with Bobby Dalbec just happening to get a start at his natural third base position a day before the trade deadline. What a coincidence! That’s the thing about coincidences, though: sometimes they just happen. (Yes, that’s another Ted Lasso reference. It’s more contagious than Delta.)

Game 104 vs. Blue Jays

Lineup spot Blue Jays Red Sox
Lineup spot Blue Jays Red Sox
1 George Springer, DH Kiké Hernández, 2B
2 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B Jarren Duran, CF
3 Marcus Semien, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS
4 Bo Bichette, SS J.D. Martinez, DH
5 Téoscar Hernández, RF Hunter Renfroe, RF
6 Randal Grichuk, CF Alex Verdugo, LF
7 Cavan Biggio, LF Christian Vázquez, C
8 Santiago Espinal, 3B Bobby Dalbec, 3B
9 Reese McGuire, C Franchy Cordero, 1B
SP Hyun Jin Ryu, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP