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Monday's Red Sox-Indians lineups: Betts moves to cleanup spot


Monday's Red Sox-Indians lineups: Betts moves to cleanup spot

Fresh off his three-homer performance Sunday in Boston, Mookie Betts has moved to the cleanup spot in the order as the Red Sox begin a crucial, 11-games-in-11-days-in-four-cities road trip today in Cleveland.

Today is a makeup game of a rainout in the season-opening series. The Red Sox move onto to Baltimore for two games, to Detroit for four and to Tampa Bay for four after this.

The middle of the Sox order was reshuffled due to the absence of Hanley Ramirez, who is beginning a three-day bereavement leave.

Today's lineups:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Bryan Holaday C
Andrew Benintendi LF
Drew Pomeranz P

Rajai Davis CF
Jose Ramirez 3B
Francisco Lindor SS
Mike Napoli DH
Carlos Santana 1B
Brandon Guyer LF
Abraham Almonte RF
Chris Gimenez C
Michael Martinez SS
Josh Tomlin 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.