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Red Sox at Angels lineups: The Sho must go on (the mound)

All-Star Nathan Eovaldi faces does All-Star Shohei Ohtani in a must-see matchup in California.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees
Imagine he’s in home whites tho.
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The rollicking Red Sox face Shohei Ohtani The Pitcher tonight as they look to continue taking care of business out west behind All-Star Nathan Eovaldi (9:38 p.m., NESN).

Unlike the man when he’s at the plate, Ohtani isn’t arguably the best in the league when he pitches. He’s merely very, very freakin’ good. He has a 3.60 ERA but strikes out batters at a truly ludicrous clip, whereas Eovaldi has a 3.41 ERA and strikes them out at an extremely healthy one. One of them leads all American League pitchers in fWAR, whereas one leads in home runs. I won’t give you hints as to who’s who. A real puzzler imho.

And if you thought we’d be spared Ohtani at-bats because he’s pitching... noooo, they just say screw a DH. Fun, fun, fun. Alex Verdugo is back for the Sox, and Connor Wong is behind the plate and batting ninth. Enjoy this one, friends.

Game 86 at Angels

Lineup spot Red Sox Angels
Lineup spot Red Sox Angels
1 Kiké Hernández, CF David Fletcher, 2B
2 Alex Verdugo, LF Shohei Ohtani, P
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Jared Walsh, 1B
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Phil Gosselin, LF
5 Rafael Devers, 3B Max Stassi, C
6 Hunter Renfroe, RF José Iglesias, SS
7 Christian Arroyo, 2B Juan Lagares, CF
8 Danny Santana, 1B Luis Rengifo, RF
9 Connor Wong, C José Rojas, 3B
SP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Shohei Ohtani, RHP