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Red Sox vs. Indians lineups: Can’t hold them back

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A suddenly feisty Sox team returns to Boston looking for its third straight victory.

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The Red Sox can win their third straight game to start September when they return to Fenway Park tonight to face the Indians behind Nathan Eovaldi (7:10 p.m., NESN).

What a difference two days makes, Wednesday’s win over the Rays stopped another round of bleeding with a late surge, while yesterday’s victory was a thing of beauty from start to finish. When Garrett Richards is closing out games with flair, it’s sure possible a #TurningPoint has been passed.

We will found out tonight if it has or hasn’t against Red Sox-by-family-lineage righty Cal Quantrill. The COVID-ravaged lineups continue, with good luck charm Jack López starting his third game in a row (and third game ever), and one of Wednesday’s heroes, Jarren Duran, is back in center with the righty on the mound. Alex Verdugo bats cleanup for what I’m fairly sure is the first time this year, and Kevin Plawecki gets the start in place of Christian Vázquez. Here are the full lineups:

Game 137 vs. Indians

Lineup spot Indians Red Sox
Lineup spot Indians Red Sox
1 Myles Straw, CF Kyle Schwarber, 1B
2 Amed Rosario, SS Rafael Devers, 3B
3 José Ramirez, 3B J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Franmil Reyes, DH Alex Verdugo, LF
5 Bradley Zimmer, RF Hunter Renfroe, RF
6 Oscar Mercado, LF Kevin Plawecki, C
7 Bobby Bradley, 1B Jarren Duran, CF
8 Austin Hedges, C Jack López, 2B
9 Andrés Giménez, 2B Jonathan Araúz, SS
SP Cal Quantrill, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP