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Red Sox at White Sox lineups: Here we are now, going to the South Side

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It’s a Soxy battle in Chicago, with Tanner Houck on the mound.

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Still Red Sock, for now.
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The Red Sox land on the South Side for a series with the mighty White Sox starting tonight behind Tanner Houck (8:10 p.m., NESN).

In theory, the Sox are riding the high from Wednesday’s Hunter Renfroe-propelled miracle win. In reality, Renfroe’s subsequent dustup with the league office over COVID testing, with Chris Sale’s immediate graduation to the COVID list, maybe have dampered the enthusiasm a bit. Also the off day, which has a way of resetting things, given that it’s the whole idea of an off day.

Anyhow, merely two el stops and a 10 minute bus ride from the campus of the University of Chicago, the Sox will square off against Carlos Rodón, who’s good as hell. Houck starts for the (good) Sox, and if he really is the inverse Sale, he’ll be traded to the (bad) Sox soon for two top prospects. Don’t put it past Chaim Bloom is all I’m asking. But it won’t happen before tonight’s game, which sees Houck in red and gray.

Good news, folks: Xander is back! And José Iglesias moves to second base. And some other stuff, below:

Update: Shortly before first pitch, J.D. Martinez was scratched with back spasms. Kyle Schwarber moved from LF to DH, and Danny Santana was moved to the starting lineup playing LF.

Game 143 at White Sox

Lineup spot Red Sox White Sox
Lineup spot Red Sox White Sox
1 Kiké Hernández, CF Luis Robert, CF
2 Kyle Schwarber, DH Yoan Moncada, 3B
3 Hunter Renfroe, RF Jose Abreu, 1B
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Eloy Jiménez, DH
5 Rafael Devers, 3B Yasmani Grandal, C
6 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Gavin Sheets, LF
7 Christian Vázquez, C Leury Garcia, SS
8 Danny Santana, LF Brian Goodwin, RF
9 José Iglesias, 2B Cesar Hernandez, 2B
SP Tanner Houck, RHP Carlos Rodón, LHP