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Red Sox at Rays lineups: The real action starts tonight

The Sox didn’t exactly sit out Deadline Day, but the real work starts tonight with a huge series in Florida.

Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees
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The Red Sox, largely quiet through today’s 4 p.m. trade deadline, kick off a massive three-game series against the second-place Rays tonight in Florida behind Martín Pérez (7:10 p.m., NESN, MLBN out-of-market).

So that happened. Or didn’t. The Sox traded for Kyle Schwarber yesterday but sat out the rest of the deadline’s festivities EXCEPT for nabbing reliever Hansel Robles under the wire. Apparently they traded Michael Chavis too! But hoo boy, where there a lot big deals NOT involving the Sox! Huge names were dispersed, mostly from the Cubs and Nationals, to all corners of America, while several top-tier prospects got new addresses as well. The Sox didn’t part with any top prospects and didn’t grab any superstar players, and rather than argue now whether or not it was enough—there is no shortage of that on Twitter—I’ll wait for the results to come in before I pass judgment. The Rays made three moves but only the Nelson Cruz move was huge, and the Sox followed their lead in holding onto their prospects, which should surprise no one.

And maybe the fact that it’s those two teams playing this weekend, for control of the division, that tempers any disappointment I may have otherwise had with the largely idle Sox. Robles is a nice addition, and if they’re doing things the right way, it’s hard to argue with it until it doesn’t work. The Yankees and Blue Jays made huge moves because they need to make huge moves to get back in this thing. The Dodgers are the only team that made a huge move just because, and that’s why they’re baseball’s flagship franchise right now, for better or worse.

Anyhow, as for tonight’s game, it’ll be Pérez against lefty Josh Fleming, their fourth straight game facing a southpaw, if you count last night’s blowout as a game, which it only sort of was. The lineups didn’t come out til super late and Rafael Devers ain’t in them, which you can see here:

Game 105 at Rays

Lineup spot Red Sox Rays
Lineup spot Red Sox Rays
1 Kiké Hernández, 2B Randy Arozarena, RF
2 Alex Verdugo, LF Nelson Cruz, DH
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Austin Meadows, LF
4 J.D. Martinez, DH Yandy Díaz, 3B
5 Hunter Renfroe, RF Wander Franco, SS
6 Christian Vázquez, C Brandon Lowe, 2B
7 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Manuel Margot, CF
8 Jarren Duran, CF Mike Zunino, C
9 Jonathan Araúz, 3B Ji-Man Choi, 1B
SP Martín Pérez, LHP Josh Fleming, LHP