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Red Sox vs. Rays lineup: Fun sport, very fond of it

Nathan Eovaldi starts for the struggling Sox tonight at Fenway.

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We NEED you, Nate.
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The Red Sox lost their second straight game to the Rays yesterday but will try to claw back into the series tonight behind Nathan Eovaldi (7:10 p.m., NESN).

You don’t need to tell me things are bad. Things stink! But the only thing the Sox can do is win the game in front of them. That is tonight’s matchup against Shane McClanahan and the Rays. Probably not a good idea for Eovaldi to come out and throw at anyone, despite how bad the Sox are feeling about yesterday’s meltdown, which I only mention because a certain Red Sox reporter suggested as much before deleting the tweet. If the Sox are out for blood, it’s the standings from which they’ll need to take it. Apparently standings have blood now. You heard it here first. I hope, at least.

The lineups feature Bobby Dalbec batting fifth, befitting his recent emergence as the best hitter on the team, somehow? Anyhow Kevin Plawecki gets the start at catcher and Danny Santana is in left, replacing Alex Verdugo against the lefty. The Rays also have players, as you’ll see below:

Game 142 vs. Rays

Lineup spot Rays Red Sox
Lineup spot Rays Red Sox
1 Brandon Lowe, 2B Kiké Hernández, CF
2 Wander Franco, SS Hunter Renfroe, RF
3 Nelson Cruz, DH J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Austin Meadows, LF Rafael Devers, 3B
5 Ji-Man Choi, 1B Bobby Dalbec, 1B
6 Manuel Margot, CF Kevin Plawecki, C
7 Joey Wendle, 3B Danny Santana, LF
8 Josh Lowe, RF José Iglesias, SS
9 Mike Zunino, C Jonathan Araúz, 2B
SP Shane McClahanan, LHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP