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Red Sox vs. Twins lineups: Ding-dong, the funk is dead?

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Is momentum real? If so, the Sox should be in for a good night tonight behind Tanner Houck. (If not, let’s just pretend it is.)

Tampa Bay Rays v. Boston Red Sox
Tanner Tanner Houck Yo
Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The Red Sox can ride the wave of Monday’s exhilarating win tonight when they take on the twins behind Tanner Houck (7:10 p.m., NESN).

There’s never a bad time for a walk-off grand slam, but there are better times than others, and yesterday was as about as good as they get. The fact that it came from Travis Shaw is just next-level Turning Point type stuff, but to turn a corner they’ll have to continue to win against Minnesota starter Griffin Jax, who is inexplicably not a lax bro. Sometimes you’re born to do something and you just don’t end up doing it, you know? Like me and playing for the Sox. Sad.

Instead you get me here, relaying info I get elsewhere, into like: Jarren Duran has been sent down! Shame. He’ll be back soon, of course, because Aceves forbid they send down Austin Davis instead. There are things you just DO NOT DO. Trading Mookie Betts is one thing, but Davis? You know he’s a BoSox for life. Or for the next six weeks. Anyhow Duran isn’t starting on account of being demoted. Seems like a good reason.

Anyhow here are the lineups:

Game 127 vs. Twins

Lineup spot Twins Red Sox
Lineup spot Twins Red Sox
1 Max Kepler, RF Kiké Hernández, 2B
2 Brent Rooker, LF Kyle Schwarber, LF
3 Jorge Polanco, SS Xander Bogaerts, SS
4 Josh Donaldson, DH Rafael Devers, 3B
5 Luis Arráez, 3B J.D. Martinez, DH
6 Mitch Garver, C Alex Verdugo, CF
7 Nick Gordon, 2B Hunter Renfroe, RF
8 Miguel Sanó, 1B Travis Shaw, 1B
9 Jake Cave, CF Christian Vázquez, C
SP Griffin Jax, RHP Tanner Houck, RHP