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Red Sox-Rays lineups: Leon to catch Porcello

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Red Sox-Rays lineups: Leon to catch Porcello

Sandy Leon makes his second start of the season as Rick Porcello looks for his first victory and the Red Sox (7-13) look to do something they've done only once this season - win two in a row.

Leon, called up from Triple-A Pawtucket this week after Blake Swihart was designated for assignment, caught Chris Sale's start in an 8-0 loss at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. He'll try to help turn around Porcello, who brings a hefty 11.12 ERA into his start at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. He hasn't lasted longer than 4 2/3 innings in any of his first three starts this season.

The AL East-leading Rays counter with ex-Astros right-hander Charlie Morton (2-0, 2.18), signed as a free agent in the offseason.

The full lineups:

RED SOX
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Mitch Moreland 1B
J.D. Martinez DH
Xander Bogaerts SS
Rafael Devers 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Tzu-Wei Lin 2B
Sandy Leon
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Rick Porcello RHP

RAYS
Austin Meadows RF
Tommy Pham LF
Ji-Man Choi 1B
Yandy Diaz 3B
Brandon Lowe 2B
Avisail Garcia DH
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Daniel Robertson SS
Michael Perez C
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Charlie Morton RHP

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Alex Cora: Eduardo Rodriguez has been "throwing like an ace" all season

Alex Cora: Eduardo Rodriguez has been "throwing like an ace" all season

After another superb outing against the Phillies Saturday night, Eduardo Rodriguez earned high praise from his manager Alex Cora. 

"He’s throwing like an ace," Cora said on NESN postgame. "We’re very happy with the progress. The fact that it’s Sept. 14, 15, and he’s as strong as early in the season. That’s good to see.”

Rodriguez didn't secure his 18th win of the year thanks to a seventh-inning walk with the bases loaded, but that doesn't take away from a 12-strikeout performance.

Rodriguez now has a 3.64 ERA in over 185 innings pitched. The Sox need Rodriguez to come into his own if they hope to stay in contention long term, and he continues to show progress toward reaching his potential. 

Rodriguez still has a chance to get to 20 wins, but he'll have to win each of the three starts he has left in 2019. 

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Phillies

Highlights from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Phillies

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 2, Phillies 1

IN BRIEF: Neither the Red Sox or Phillies could produce with runners in scoring position Saturday night, but a pinch-hitting Andrew Benintendi was able to drive in the winning run for Boston in this one. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 77-70

HIGHLIGHTS

7th inning

Christian Vazquez doubled to left, Devers scored (1-0 BOS)

Maikel Franco walked, Harper scored (1-1)

9th inning

Andrew Benintendi hit a SAC fly to left, Owings scored (2-1 BOS)

UP NEXT:
@Phillies, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Giants, Tuesday, 1:05 p.m., NESN

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