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Game Thread #135: Athletics versus Red Sox

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Moving on from last night.

Daniel Mengden has yet to back down from any challenge that has stood in front of him. The mustachioed bulldog shot up the minor leagues this year, dominating at every level, and continued to display his dominance at the big league level right up until he ran out of stamina. Having spent the past few weeks in Nashville recuperating, Mengden has been building up his strength and energy yet again and looks to return to the majors with just as much fire as he broke into them with.

Going up against Daniel Mengden is Rick Porcello, Cy Young candidate and current eighteen game winner. Porcello has displayed impeccable command all season, sporting one of the lowest walk rates in the majors and potentially spelling trouble for the walk-averse A's offense. Yoan Moncada, top prospect sensation, will be making his first major league start at third base after making his debut off the bench last night.

First pitch is just after six. Lineups are below.

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX OAKLAND A'S
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Marcus Semien - SS
Xander Bogaerts - SS Danny Valencia - RF
David Ortiz - DH Stephen Vogt - DH
Mookie Betts - RF Khris Davis - LF
Hanley Ramirez - 1B Yonder Alonso - 1B
Sandy Leon - C Ryon Healy - 3B
Chris Young - LF Joe Wendle - 2B
Yoan Moncada - 3B Jake Smolinski - CF
Jackie Bradley - CF Bruce Maxwell - C
Rick Porcello - RHP Daniel Mengden - RHP