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Thursday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Sale looks for some run support

Thursday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Sale looks for some run support

Coming off his first victory in a Red Sox uniform, left-hander Chris Sale is on the mound in the matinee (12:37) finale of a three-game series in Toronto on Thursday.

Sale (1-1, 1.25 ERA) has gone seven or more innings and given up two or fewer runs in each of his first three Red Sox starts, including a 2-1 victory over the Tigers in his last start, in which he struck out 12. Problem is, the Red Sox have only totaled six runs in those three starts.  

The Jays, who shut out the Red Sox on Wednesday night 3-0, go with right-hander Marco Estrada (0-1, 3.50).

Brock Holt gets the start in left field for Boston. The full lineups:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Andrew Benintendi CF
Mookie Betts RF    
Hanley Ramírez DH    
Mitch Moreland 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Sandy León C
Brock Holt LF
Chris Sale LHP

Kevin Pillar CF
José Bautista RF
Kendrys Morales DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Steve Pearce LF
Darwin Barney 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Devon Travis 2B
Ryan Goins SS
Marco Estrada 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.