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Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. lefty Happ


Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. lefty Happ

Right-handed hitters Chris Young (left field) and Aaron Hill (third base) get starts Saturday afternoon (1:07 p.m.) against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ as the Red Sox look to make it two wins in a row in Toronto.

The Red Sox rolled 13-3 Friday night to extend their American League East lead over the Jays to two games.

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (2-6, 4.83 ERA) is on the mound for Boston. He's coming off a start in Oakland where he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in an eventual 1-0 loss.  

Happ (17-4, 3.34 ERA) has emerged as the Jays ace and a Cy Young Award candidate, but he's coming off his shortest outing of the season (2 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday).

The lineups: 

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Aaron Hill 3B
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Ryan Hanigan C
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP

Devon Travis 2B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Jose Bautista RF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Melvin Upton LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Kevin Pillar CF
J.A. Happ 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.