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Saturday's Red Sox-D'Backs lineups: Benintendi plays CF, Buchholz on mound


Saturday's Red Sox-D'Backs lineups: Benintendi plays CF, Buchholz on mound

Clay Buchholz makes his first start since July 2 and Andrew Benintendi makes his first major league start in center field as the Red Sox look to make it two victories in a row over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is bothered by soreness in his right big toe after fouling a fall off his foot earlier in the week. He left in the eighth inning of the game on Friday night and Benintendi moved from left to center.

Buchholz (4-9, 5.64 ERA) starts in place of Steven Wright, who injured his shoulder when used as a pinch-runner last Sunday against the Dodgers. 

Buchholz's last start was a 4 1/3-inning stint in the 21-2 debacle against the Angels at Fenway Park. Still, he has pitched better as a reliever. His ERA coming out of the bullpen is 3.20 (vs. 6.31 as a starter) and opponents are hitting .186 against him as a reliever (vs. .353 as starter).

Benintendi had played center field throughout his college and minor league career and was recently moved to left before his callup Aug. 2.

Right-hander Archie Bradley (4-7, 4.80) starts for the D'Backs, who lost 9-4 on Friday night.

The lineups:

Jean Segura 2B
Michael Bourn CF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Jason Lamb 3B
Rickie Weeks DH
Yasmany Tomas LF
Chris Owings SS
Oscar Hernandez C
Socrates Brito RF
Archie Bradley RHP

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Mookie Betts RF
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon C
Brock Holt LF
Andrew Benintendi CF
Clay Buchholz RHP


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.