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Red Sox vs. Twins Lineups: Your daily Red Sox-induced heart palpitations

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Hopefully another Sale Day can turn the tide.

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Say what you will about them, but the Red Sox never make things boring.

During a stretch before the All Star break that now feels like a fever dream, they led the majors in comeback wins. And their past three games have included a walk-off grand slam in extra-innings, an 11-9 victory the bullpen nearly gave away and an extra-innings loss plagued by questionable base running. I’m excited to see what bobbled ground ball or squandered scoring opportunity induces my cardiac arrest.

Boston meets the Minnesota Twins tonight. The Twins will be without Jorge Polanco, who’s batting .275 with 24 homers in 2021. Chris Sale is on the mound for the Red Sox for his third start since returning from a two-year elbow injury rehab. He’s 2-0 so far, with a 1.80 ERA over 10 innings of work and 13 strikeouts to just one walk.

Hunter Refroe is on the bereavement list and will be at home for a few days, so he’s out of the lineup. Jarren Durran’s call up is the corresponding move. Alex Cora has him batting eighth and playing center field, while JD Martinez moves to left and Alex Verdugo to right to complete the outfield shuffle. Kyle Schwarber is the designated hitter and his debut at first base will wait until after the weekend.

Here’s the full complement of players that will take the field at Fenway tonight:

Game 129 vs. Twins

Lineup Spot Red Sox Twins
Lineup Spot Red Sox Twins
1 Kiké Hernández, SS Rob Refsnyder, RF
2 Kyle Schwarber, DH Brent Rooker, LF
3 JD Martinez, LF Josh Donaldson, DH
4 Rafael Devers, 3B Miguel Sano, 1B
5 Alex Verdugo, RF Luis Arraez, 2B
6 Christian Vázquez, C Ryan Jeffers, C
7 Christian Arroyo, 2B Willians Astudillo, 3B
8 Jarren Duran, CF Nick Gordon, CF
9 Bobby Dalbec 1B Andrelton Simmons, SS
SP Chris Sale, LHP John Gant, RHP