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Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Bradley returns


Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Bradley returns

The Red Sox open a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at Fenway Park and Jackie Bradley is back in the lineup and batting seventh after missing the past three games on paternity leave. Bradley’s wife Erin gave birth to a daughter, Emerson, on Thursday.   

Outfielder Rusney Castillo was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket with Bradley returning to the roster. David Price (7-1, 5.11 ERA) gets the start for the Red Sox against one of his former teams. The Blue Jays counter with R.A. Dickey (2-6, 4.64).

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts will be looking to extend his hitting streak to 27 games. 

The lineups:

Jose Bautista RF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Michael Saunders LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Devon Travis 2B
Kevin Pillar CF
Darwin Barney SS
Josh Thole C

R.A. Dickey RHP 

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Christian Vazquez C
Blake Swihart LF

David Price LHP


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.