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Saturday's Red Sox-Orioles lineups: Pedroia out after Machado's takeout slide

Saturday's Red Sox-Orioles lineups: Pedroia out after Machado's takeout slide

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup a night after he left the game when he was taken out by the hard slide of Baltimore's Manny Machado at second base as the Red Sox and Orioles play the second game of their weekend series tonight at 7:05 at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Marco Hernandez replaces Pedroia at second after Pedroia injured his knee on Machado's controversial eighth-inning slide Friday. Xander Bogaerts, who didn't start the series opener because of a thumb injury, is back in the starting lineup at shortstop.

Steven Wright (1-1, 8.36 ERA), coming off his first win of the season over the Tampa Bay Rays on Patriots' Day (three runs, one earned, in six innings), gets the start for the Red Sox, and if they're thinking of any retaliation toward Machado, it likely won't come from Wright's knuckleball. The Orioles roughed up Wright for eight runs in 1 1/3 innings the last time they saw him at Fenway on April 12. 

Rookie Jayson Aquino makes his first major league start for the Orioles. He made three relief appearances last season. The left-hander was called up from Triple-A Norfolk Thursday. 

Andrew Benintendi sits against the lefty Aquino and Chris Young starts in left for Boston.

Rain is in the forecast in Baltimore. The full lineups: 

Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramírez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Chris Young LF
Sandy León C
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Marco Hernández 2B    
Steven Wright RHP

Craig Gentry LF
Adam Jones CF
Manny Machado 3B
Mark Trumbo RF
Chris Davis 1B
Trey Mancini DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Caleb Joseph C    
Jayson Aquino 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.