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Game 87: Red Sox at Rays

Debut in the past, time to shine

Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images

The Red Sox are entering week two of playing the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. After a homestand at Fenway Park facing the clubs it’s the Sox turn to hit the road for a four-game set with the Rays and a three-game weekend affair in New York to wrap up the “first half” of the season heading into the All-Star break.

Compared to last week though, this incarnation of the Rays may not be so tough. Gone and Wander Franco and Kevin Kiermaier with injuries - Franco potentially for a while with hamate surgery and hip issues, respectively. With Boston (47-39) leading Tampa (45-42) by 1.5 games in the Wild Card standings a good showing in four games that deny the Rays two of their best players could help the Sox finally start to land the shaky roster.

Today is the second ever Brayan Bello day. With his debut jitters behind him, Bello looks to improve on his 4 inning, 2K, 3BB, 4-run performance. The good news is, that came against the Rays so he’s familiar with their hitters. The bad news is, well, those hitters know him a little too.

Game 87: Red Sox at Rays

Lineup spot Rays Red Sox
Lineup spot Rays Red Sox
1 Yandy Díaz, 3B Jarren Duran, CF
2 Ji-Man Choi, 1B Christian Vazquez, C
3 Randy Arozarena, DH J.D. Martinez, DH
4 Jonathan Aranda, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS
5 Josh Lowe, RF Alex Verdugo, LF
6 Francisco Mejía, C Trevor Story, 2B
7 Luke Raley, LF Franchy Cordero, 1B
8 Taylor Walls, SS Rob Refsnyder, RF
9 Brett Phillips, CF Bobby Dalbec, 3B
SP Matt Wisler, RHP Brayan Bello, RHP