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Saturday's Red Sox-Tigers lineups: Hill at 3B vs. lefty Norris


Saturday's Red Sox-Tigers lineups: Hill at 3B vs. lefty Norris

Right-handed hitting Aaron Hill gets the start at third base against Tigers lefty Daniel Norris, and David Ortiz, who left early with back trouble Friday, is in the Red Sox lineup as their series continues in Detroit on Saturday night (7:10). 

Ortiz, 40, in his final season as a player, left the Red Sox' 10-2 victory with what manager John Farrell described as "a little stiffness" in his upper back. He did hit his 28th home run in the first inning Friday.

Lefty trade-deadline acquisition Drew Pomeranz (9-9, 2.99 ERA), coming off his best outing with the Red Sox (two runs, five hits, six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings in a 4-3 victory in Cleveland Monday) is on the mound. Norris (1-1, 3.47) was bothered by an oblique injury most of the season and has made two starts since coming off the disabled list. 

The lineups:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Bryan Holaday C
Drew Pomeranz LHP

Ian Kinsler 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Justin Upton LF
Casey McGehee 3B
James McCann C
Austin Romine CF
Daniel Norris 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.