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Game 2 lineups, Red Sox vs. Indians: The pressure's on Price


Game 2 lineups, Red Sox vs. Indians: The pressure's on Price

As Sean McAdam noted earlier today: Games like today's are why the Red Sox signed David Price.

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After Thursday's 5-4 loss in Cleveland, the Sox send Price to the mound against Corey Kluber in attempt to even the best-of-five series at 1-1. Being down 0-2 is not necessarily a death warrant -- the Sox came back after losing the first two games to win both the 1999 ALDS against the Indians and the 2003 ALDS against the A's -- but it's a hole that, most times, you don't crawl out of . . . and so you would do well to avoid falling into it in the first place.

One other note: The streaky Jackie Bradley Jr. -- incapable of making an out when he's hot, barely able to put his bat on the ball when he's cold -- is in one of his cold spells, so John Farrell has dropped him back to No. 9 in the order. Andrew Benintendi has been moved up to the seventh spot.

Today's lineups:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Brock Holt 3B
Mookie Betts RF
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Sandy Leon C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
David Price P

Rajai Davis CF
Jason Kipnis 2B
Francisco Lindor SS
Mike Napoli 1B
Carlos Santana DH
Jose Ramirez 3B
Brandon Guyer LF
Lonnie Chisenhall RF
Roberto Perez C
Corey Kluber P

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.