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Nathan Eovaldi can keep the Sox in first with a strong start tonight against the Rays.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
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The Red Sox and Rays clash in St. Petersburg tonight with first place in the AL East on the line and, for the Sox, Nathan Eovaldi on the mound (6:10 p.m., NESN).

Last night’s start to the series was inauspicious, with Martín Pérez being knocked around shortly after the Sox eschewed the opportunity to add a starting pitcher at the deadline. Eovaldi, Boston’s best pitcher this year, looks to even out the series on the mound against Tampa Bay’s Ryan Yarbrough, whose ERA is nearly a full run higher than Nasty Nate.

Jarren Duran gets the day off as his early struggles continue, and Rafael Devers bats second. There’s a bunch more to say but I’m at a park and it’s so nice it’s stupid out and I’dtake a picture but it wouldn’t take up any words and I need to fill this out. Okay that’s good . Go Sox.

Game 106 at Rays

Lineup spot Red Sox Rays
Lineup spot Red Sox Rays
1 Kiké Hernández, CF Brandon Lowe, 2B
2 Rafael Devers, 3B Ji-Man Choi, 1B
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Nelson Cruz, DH
4 J.D. Martinez, DH Austin Meadows, LF
5 Hunter Renfroe, RF Randy Arozarena, RF
6 Alex Verdugo, LF Joey Wendle, 3B
7 Christian Vázquez, C Wander Franco, SS
8 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Kevin Kiermaier, CF
9 Jonathan Araúz, 2B Francisco Mejía, C
SP Nathan Eovaldi. RHP Ryan Yarbrough, LHP