The Rays were pleased with how just about everything went in Thursday’s 5-0 American League Division Series-opening win over the Red Sox.
So much so that they are using the same lineup for tonight’s Game 2. During the season, manager Kevin Cash used 158 different batting orders in 162 games, and no one more than three times. It was the first time he used the same lineup in consecutive games since Games 2 and 3 of the World Series last year, and with the players in the same defensive positions.
The only difference is on the mound, where the Rays are switching rookie Shanes, from 24-year-old Shane McClanahan, who worked five strong innings, to 22-year-old Shane Baz, who is making his fourth big-league start.
But the lineup of position players has the same group in the same spots:
The Red Sox waited until about an hour before game time before posting their lineup, trying to better evaluate the status of DH J.D. Martinez, who missed Game 1 with an ankle issue, and decided to start him.
They also made a roster move, adding right-hander Matt Barnes to their lineup in place of Garrett Richards, who had a hamstring strain. Richards will not be available in the Championship Series if the Sox advance.
Here is the Boston lineup:
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