World Series Game 3 Preview: Red Sox vs. Dodgers Lineups, Starting Pitchers

Everything you need to know about Game 3 of the World Series between the Dodgers and Red Sox.
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The World Series continues in Los Angeles with the Dodgers hosting the Red Sox in Game 3.

Boston defeated Los Angeles 4-2 in Wednesday night's Game 2 at Fenway Park. Down 2-1 in the fifth inning, the Red Sox rallied as Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up a single to Mookie Betts before walking Andrew Benintendi to load the bases. After Ryu was pulled, reliever Ryan Madson walked Steve Pearce to bring in the tying run. J.D. Martinez then singled to right field and the Red Sox scored two more runs.

In Game 3, the Dodgers will turn to starter Walker Buehler. He helped lead Los Angeles to a victory in Game 7 of the NLCS over the Milwaukee Brewers. The rookie has posted a 5.40 ERA in 16 2/3 innings this postseason. Opposite Buehler, Boston will send Rick Porcello to the mound. During the playoffs, the righty is 1-0 with a 5.00 ERA over 10 2/3 innings. He has started two games and pitched two in relief this October.

Facing a righty, the Dodgers will use their left-handed-hitting lineup with Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger. Without the designated hitter in a National League park, J.D. Martinez will play left field for the Red Sox. Andrew Benintendi will not start.

Game 3 will be broadcast on FOX.

Here's all you need to know about the 2018 World Series, inlcuding start times, pitching staffs and projected lineups.

Game schedule:

Game 1:

Boston Red Sox def. Los Angeles Dodgers 8–4

Game 2:

Boston Red Sox def. Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2

Game 3:

Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers – Friday, Oct. 26, 8:09 p.m. ET

Game 4:

Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers – Sat., Oct. 27, 8:09 p.m. ET

Game 5*:

Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers – Sun., Oct. 28, 8:15 p.m. ET

Game 6*:

Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox – Tues., Oct. 30, 8:09 p.m. ET

Game 7*:

Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox – Wed., Oct. 31, 8:09 p.m. ET

Game 3 Starting pitchers:

Rick Porcello (Red Sox) vs. Walker Buehler (Dodgers)

Game 3 Starting Lineups:

Red Sox lineup:

1. Mookie Betts, RF

2. Xander Bogaerts, SS

3. Mitch Moreland, 1B

4. J.D. Martinez, LF

5. Brock Holt, 2B

6. Rafael Devers, 3B

7. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

8. Christian Vazquez, C

9. Rick Porcello, SP

Dodgers lineup:

1. Joc Pederson, LF

2. Justin Turner, 3B

3. Max Muncy, 1B

4. Manny Machado, SS

5. Cody Bellinger, CF

6. Yasiel Puig, RF

7. Yasmani Grandal, C

8. Chris Taylor, 2B

9. Walker Buehler, SP

(All projected lineups from