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Red Sox at Yankees Lineups: Sox hope to salvage

Trying to bounce back from a brutal Tuesday.

MLB: Game One-Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

How quickly things can change.

After a deflating doubleheader sweep at the hands of their rivals at Yankee Stadium, the goodwill and momentum generated from last weekend’s beatdown of the Orioles has been undone. The Red Sox are desperate to salvage something positive from this series with the Bronx Bombers, who are inching up and up the standings seemingly with every passing day.

Logic and my gut tells me that watching this game will do little more than cap a long Tuesday with even more misery, but I’m an optimistic guy at heart. So I’m going to watch, scour the offense for some signs of life and keep my expectations low. Honestly, if they can manage even just one hit with runners in scoring position, I’ll consider tonight a success.

Alex Cora has rotated some of the platoon guys, but not much is notable about tonight’s lineup other than the absence of Kyle Schwarber. Today is a scheduled day off for the recent trade acquisition, his skipper said today. For the Yankees, Anthony Rizzo is back in the lineup for the first time since August 7. He’s been on the COVID list for the past 10 days.

Here’s how both sides lineup:

Game 123 at Yankees

Lineup Spot Red Sox Yankees
Lineup Spot Red Sox Yankees
1 Kiké Hernández, 2B DJ LeMahieu, 2B
2 Hunter Renfroe, CF Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3 Xander Bogaerts, SS Aaron Judge, RF
4 Rafael Devers, 3B Joey Gallo, LF
5 J.D. Martinez, RF Giancarlo Stanton, DH
6 Kevin Plawecki, DH Rougned Odor, 3B
7 Alex Verdugo, LF Gary Sánchez, C
8 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Brett Gardner, CF
9 Christian Vázquez, C Andrew Velazquez, SS
SP Nick Pivetta, RHP Andrew Heaney, LHP