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Saturday's Red Sox-Twins lineups: Leon catches Rodriguez


Saturday's Red Sox-Twins lineups: Leon catches Rodriguez

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez is on the mound for the Red Sox with Sandy Leon catching in the second game of the three-game series in Minnesota on Saturday (2:05 p.m.).

The Red Sox won 8-1 on Friday night at Target Field. 

In his third start of the season since coming off the disabled list, Rodriguez (1-1, 5.40 ERA) will try to bounce back from his outing on Sunday in which he allowed four homers in six innings in a 5-4 loss to Toronto at Fenway Park. Leon was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this week when Ryan Hanigan was placed on the 15-day DL with a neck injury. 

Right-hander Kyle Gibson (0-3, 6.10) is on the mound for the Twins.

The lineups:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanle Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Chris Young LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon C
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP

Eduardo Nunez SS
Joe Mauer DH
Robbie Grossman LF
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Brian Dozier 2B
Byung Ho Park 1B
Max Kepler RF
Kurt Suzuki C
Byron Buxton CF
Kyle Gibson 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.