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Tonights lineups: Red Sox vs. Athletics


Tonights lineups: Red Sox vs. Athletics

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are back at Fenway Park, but home may not so sweet tonight. Not when they have to face Sonny Gray.

Gray, the A's ace and one of the best young pitchers in the American League, will be on the mound for Oakland as the Sox begin a week-long, seven-game home stand. He'll be opposed Clay Buchholz, who's hoping to build on his stong performance last Wednesday night in Chicago.

Intersting note: There are four ex-Sox -- Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, Josh Reddick and Danny Valencia -- in the A's lineup. And Crisp, Lowrie and Reddick are in the 1-2-3 positions in the batting order.

The lineups:

Coco Crisp CF
Jed Lowrie 2B
Josh Reddick RF
Khris Davis LF
Stephen Vogt DH
Danny Valencia 3B
Yonder Alonso 1B
Josh Phegley C
Marcus Semien SS
Sonny Gray P

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