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Red Sox vs. Rays lineups: Falling to Earth

Alex Verdugo couldn’t catch the ball, and now the Sox look to even the series with the Rays behind Eduardo Rodriguez.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
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The Red Sox look to even up their series against the Rays after last night’s fiasco behind Eduardo Rodriguez tonight at Fenway Park (7:10 p.m., NESN).

As someone who has tried to steer clear of The Trade for the last couple months, I can at least say yesterday finally put to rest the myth that the main pieces of the deal are in any way equal. Mookie Betts catches baseballs in center field, period, and that sort of moxie would’ve helped the Sox yesterday. Alas, time for waits for no man, yet I beat back, a boat against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past, thinking about that stupid trade. Again. End rant, until the current picks up again.

Eduardo Rodriguez tries his hand at Doing The Thing this afternoon against Rays lefty Drew Rasmussen. Kiké Hernández returns from the plague list to play baseball (instead of having the plague), but Xander Bogaerts is still plague-ridden and isn’t back. In his place at shortstop is (rubs eyes) José Iglesias? What? How? Who? Sure. This season is drunk. Let’s just enjoy the show.

Game 141 vs. Rays

Lineup spot Rays Red Sox
Lineup spot Rays Red Sox
1 Randy Arozarena, LF Kiké Hernández, CF
2 Wander Franco, SS Kyle Schwarber, 1B
3 Nelson Cruz, DH J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Yandy Díaz, 3B Rafael Devers, 3B
5 Jordan Luplow, 1B Hunter Renfroe, RF
6 Manuel Margot, RF Alex Verdugo, LF
7 Joey Wendle, 2B Christian Vázquez, C
8 Mike Zunino, C José Iglesias, SS
9 Kevin Kiermaier, CF Jonathan Araúz, 2B
SP Drew Rasumssen, RHP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP