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Red Sox vs. Diamondbacks lineups: Jackie Bradley Jr. sits for interleague tilt

Red Sox vs. Diamondbacks lineups: Jackie Bradley Jr. sits for interleague tilt

The Boston Red Sox hope better fortunes await them at the final stop of their West Coast road trip.

The Red Sox are in Arizona on Friday to kick off a three-game series with the Diamondbacks after going 2-6 against the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics to begin the season.

Boston loses the designated hitter in this interleague matchup and has opted to sit Jackie Bradley Jr., bumping Mookie Betts to center field and the hot-hitting J.D. Martinez to right field.

Rafael Devers and Mitch Moreland also return to the lineup replacing Eduardo Nunez and Steve Pearce, while Blake Swihart gets the start catching right-hander Rick Porcello.

Porcello (like every other Red Sox pitcher) got roughed up in his first outing, allowing nine runs (four earned) in just 2.2 innings to the Mariners, but he'll aim to bounce back against the 3-4 D'backs in Arizona's home opener.

Here are the lineups for both teams:

BOSTON RED SOX (2-6)

Andrew Benintendi, LF
Mookie Betts, CF
Mitch Moreland, 1B
J.D. Martinez, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Rafael Devers, 3B
Blake Swihart, C
Brock Holt, 2B
Rick Porcello, RHP

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (3-4)

Jarrod Dyson, CF
Eduardo Escobar, 2B
David Peralta, LF
Adam Jones, RF
Christian Walker, 1B
Starling Marte, 2B
Nick Ahmed, SS
Alex Avila, C
Zack Godley, RHP

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MLB trade deadline 2019: 15 players who could be moved to contenders in July

MLB trade deadline 2019: 15 players who could be moved to contenders in July

With 22 teams currently within five games of a playoff spot as of Monday afternoon, this year's MLB trade deadline is shaping up to be very interesting, especially since there can't be any waiver deals made after July 31 this year, like the Justin Verlander trade in 2017.

Some names have already gone off the board, with the Red Sox acquiring Andrew Cashner and the A's trading for Homer Bailey over the weekend, but that leaves plenty of deals still on the table.

So which players are most likely to be hear their names mentioned in trade rumors over the next two weeks, and who could be sent packing to a playoff contender?

John Tomase's list of the players most likely to be moved before July 31 both starts and ends with a World Series hero for the Giants, who currently occupy the cellar in the NL West, 17.5 games behind the Dodgers.

Click here for his list of players most likely to be traded before MLB's trade deadline.>>>>

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MLB rumors: Red Sox 'out' as suitor for Zack Wheeler trade with Mets

MLB rumors: Red Sox 'out' as suitor for Zack Wheeler trade with Mets

It wasn't long ago when the Boston Red Sox reportedly were interested in a trade for New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, but that door appears to have closed.

Andy Martino of SNY.tv reported Monday an update on Boston's situation with the MLB non-waiver trade deadline set for July 31.

According to major league sources, Boston is out on Wheeler now. With Cashner on board, the Sox expect to now look for bullpen help.

The Red Sox completed a trade with the Baltimore Orioles for veteran starter Andrew Cashner on Saturday, and he's scheduled to make his first start Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. Cashner fills a need for Boston, but the team's greatest weakness is its bullpen.

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The Red Sox 'pen has 18 blown saves (second-most in the majors), along with a lackluster 4.45 ERA. The team still doesn't have a real closer -- a problem that could intensify as the postseason races heat up.

Boston struggled over the weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers and lost two of three games at Fenway Park. The Sox enter Monday sitting 10 games behind the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East and 2.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics in the race for the second wild-card spot. 

The Red Sox need to acquire at least one bullpen arm -- preferably one with experience as a closer -- to increase the team's chances of reaching the playoffs. Time is running out for the Red Sox, and their schedule over the next few weeks is brutal, highlighted by 14 consecutive games versus the Yankees or Tampa Bay Rays from July 22 through Aug. 4.

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