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The Astros and Red Sox will fight the rain in Game 4

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The Astros and Red Sox are scheduled to play Game 4 at 1PM Eastern today. It’s an open question as to whether the game will start on time, however. For that matter it’s an open question as to whether it will be played at all. The forecast looks foreboding.

According to Weather.com, there’s a 30% chance of showers beginning at 1PM. At 2PM it’s up to 78% and is around 85% between 3PM and 4PM. There’s a greater than 50% chance of rain between then and 9PM.

Tuesday’s forecast in Boston looks much better, so if this game gets banged, the clubs could play on what was to be a travel day. Houston leads the series 2-1, of course, so if they do play on Tuesday and Houston wins, they’re not traveling anyplace.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.