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Red Sox at Orioles lineups: Please

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Just please.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners
C’mon dude.
Abbie Parr-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox look to break out of their most recent funk tonight against still lowly Baltimore behind Nathan Eovaldi (7:05 p.m., NESN).

It was with Eovaldi that the losing streak started, and hopefully it’s with Eovaldi that it finally ends. This start isn’t just a huge one for the Sox because they’re still clinging to the second wild card spot, but for Eovaldi, whose usage up until and next week could hinge on whether or not he can regain control of the secondary pitches that have buoyed him all year. They didn’t show up Friday against the Yankees, but they’ve been the key to his dominant second half, so it seems likelier than not he can find them for this particular showdown in Bo’more.

Zac Lowther starts for the Orioles and he has a 7.66 ERA, so if the Sox will really have to try to biff this one (and they might win even if they attempt to choke). Alex Verdugo is in for Kyle Schwarber and Kevin Plawecki is in for Christian Vázquez, but otherwise the light-hitting lineup from yesterday gets a chance at redemption tonight.

Game 158 at Orioles

Lineup spot Red Sox Orioles
Lineup spot Red Sox Orioles
1 Kiké Hernández, CF Cedric Mullins, CF
2 Hunter Renfroe, RF Ryan Mountcastle, 1B
3 Rafael Devers, 3B Austin Hays, RF
4 Xander Bogaerts, SS Trey Mancini, DH
5 J.D. Martinez, DH Pedro Severino, C
6 Bobby Dalbec, 1B Ryan McKenna, LF
7 Kevin Plawecki, C Pat Valaika, 2B
8 Alex Verdugo, LF Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B
9 José Iglesias, 2B Richie Martin, SS
SP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Zac Lowther, LHP