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Red Sox at Rays lineups: Take this month and shove it

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
No. 2 is right (Xander’s fine. August is poop.)
Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox finish up a nightmarish August in St. Petersburg behind new face Brad Peacock as they try to even up their series against the first-place Rays (7:10 p.m., NESN). They made a lot of roster moves before the game because of the ongoing COVID issues.

The Sox enter the game down nine games to the Rays and effectively out of AL East contention barring a 2007 Rockies-like September run. Tampa Bay is also up seven games on the Yankees, which is cool and all, but a pennant that seemed winnable on July 31 seems like a distant dream a mere month later. Baseball will surprise you and it will hurt you, and it won’t let you know ahead of time which one is coming.

Now the Sox are facing a widespread COVID outbreak, and Peacock, recently acquired, makes his Sox debut in a huge spot, albeit in a bullpen game. He’ll be faced by Ryan Yarbrough, who enters the game with a 4.57 ERA, but it never seems to matter with the Rays. Heck, you can’t even spell his first name without “Ray.” (Or mine. Oops!)

Game 134 at Rays

Lineup Spot Red Sox Rays
Lineup Spot Red Sox Rays
1 Hunter Renfroe, RF Brandon Lowe, 2B
2 Kyle Schwarber, LF Nelson Cruz, DH
3 J.D. Martinez, DH Wander Franco, SS
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Austin Meadows, LF
5 Rafael Devers, 3B Randy Arozarena, RF
6 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Joey Wendle, 3B
7 Alex Verdugo, CF Yandy Díaz, 1B
8 Christian Vázquez, C Kevin Kiermaier, CF
9 Jonathan Araúz, 2B Francisco Mejía, C
SP Brad Peacock, RHP Ryan Yarbrough, LHP