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Game 87: Rangers at Red Sox

The ace is here

Miami Marlins (2) Vs. Boston Red Sox (0) at Fenway Park Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

If the plan is to stay in the Wild Card race the Red Sox losing game one to the Texas Rangers is pretty much all they can afford. Obviously capitalizing on wins against a bad Oakland A’s team is a separate matter but for those games to count, Boston needs the next two. And tonight they send Brayan Bello to the mound.

Bello was working on a no-hitter deep into his last start against the Miami Marlins. A game the Red Sox would end up losing 2-0 in embarrassing fashion. While the Marlins have a negative run differential (361 scored, 369 allowed) the Texas Rangers have literally scored the most runs in baseball with 511. This is a big test for the young ace. At least it shouldn’t be raining.

Jon Gray is having a fine second season in Texas. He’s walking in with a 3.21 ERA / 4.40 FIP in 87 innings with under a strikeout per inning, which is abnormal for him. The 6’4” righty has been knocked around in two of his last three starts. He lasted just 2.1 innings agains the Blue Jays on June 18th while allowing 6 earned runs and gave up 5 runs against the Astros last time out. But in 10 starts this year he’s allowed two runs or less.

Adam Duvall is still looking to get his bat back after a long IL stint.

Masataka Yoshida is back up to .307.

Triston Casas starts tonight on the bench with Justin Turner playing first base.

Game 87: Rangers at Red Sox

Lineup spot Rangers Red Sox
Lineup spot Rangers Red Sox
1 Marcus Semien, 2B Jarren Duran, LF
2 Corey Seager, SS Masataka Yoshida, DH
3 Nathaniel Lowe, 1B Justin Turner, 1B
4 Adolis Garcia, RF Rafael Devers, 3B
5 Josh Jung, 3B Alex Verdugo, RF
6 Jonah Heim, C Adam Duvall, CF
7 Mitch Garver, DH Christian Arroyo, 2B
8 Robbie Grossman, LF David Hamilton, SS
9 Travis Jankowski, CF Colton Wong, C
SP John Gray, RHP Brayan Bello, RHP

First pitch is at 7:10 on WEEI and NESN.