Red Sox Vs. Rangers Lineups: Christian Vázquez Returns For Series Opener

Only one lineup change for Boston

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May 13

The Boston Red Sox must move on from their recent disappointment, as a new test in the form of the Texas Rangers beckons.

The teams meet Friday at Globe Life Field in the opening matchup of their three-game series. The Red Sox hope Thursday’s off day helps them recover and refocus from the walk-off loss they suffered Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves.

The only lineup change Red Sox manager Alex Cora made is at catcher, where Christian Vázquez replaces Kevin Plawecki behind the plate and bats eighth in the order.

Nick Pivetta is the Red Sox’s starting pitcher. After posting a 10.03 ERA in his first three starts of the season, he has a 3.00 ERA in his last three starts.

Right-hander Dane Dunning opposes Pivetta for the Rangers.

NESN will air Red Sox-Rangers in full, with pregame coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET with “Red Sox First Pitch,” followed by “Red Sox Gameday Live” at 7:30 p.m. First pitch from Globe Life Field is scheduled for 8:05 p.m., and postgame coverage will follow the final out.

Remember, if you’re on the go, you can stream Red Sox vs. Rangers online at Watch NESN Live and on the NESN app.

Here are the starting lineups for Friday’s Red Sox-Rangers game:

BOSTON RED SOX (11-20)
Kiké Hernández, CF
Rafael Devers, 3B
J.D. Martinez, DH
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Alex Verdugo, LF
Trevor Story, 2B
Franchy Cordero, 1B
Christian Vázquez, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF

Nick Pivetta, RHP (0-4, 6.08 ERA)

TEXAS RANGERS (13-17)
Brad Miller, LF
Marcus Semien, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Adolis García, CF
Kole Calhooun, RF
Jonah Heim, C
Nathaniel Lowe, 1B
Nick Solak, DH
Andy Ibáñez, 3B

Dane Dunning, RHP (1-1, 3.38 ERA)

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