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Saturday's Red Sox-A's lineups: Moncada makes first start


Saturday's Red Sox-A's lineups: Moncada makes first start

Yoan Moncada makes his first major league start and Rick Porcello goes for his 19th win as the Red Sox continue their series in Oakland tonight. 

Moncada, the Red Sox' No. 1 prospect, made his major league debut Friday night in a 16-2 Red Sox romp in the series opener. He'll play third base and bat eighth tonight after he pinch hit and came in to play third, going 0-for-1 with a walk, a strikeout and a run scored Friday.

Porcello (18-3, 3.26 ERA) is opposed by A's right-hander Daniel Mengden (1-5, 5.73). 

The lineups:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Sandy Leon C
Chris Young LF
Yoan Moncada 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Rick Porcello RHP

Marcus Semien SS
Danny Valencia RF
Steven Vogt DH
Khris Davis LF
Yonder Alonso 1B
Ryon Healy 3B
Joey Wendle 2B
Jake Smolinski CF
Bruce Maxwell C

Daniel Mengden RHP

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.