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Thursday's Red Sox-Orioles lineups: Kendrick makes Sox debut

Thursday's Red Sox-Orioles lineups: Kendrick makes Sox debut

Kyle Kendrick makes his first major league start since 2015 as he replaces injured Steven Wright in the Red Sox rotation for the finale of their four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles tonight at Fenway Park.

Wright is out for the season after opting to have knee surgery. 

Kendrick, 32, last in the majors with the Colorado Rockies in 2015, had a strong spring training but a not-so-strong first four starts at Triple-A Pawtucket (1-3, 6.00 ERA, seven homers allowed).

Josh Rutledge gets the start at third base, with both Marco Hernandez (shoulder) and Pablo Sandoval (knee) on the 10-day disabled list. Right-hander Tyler Wilson (1-1, 5.40 ERA) is on the mound for Baltimore.

The full lineups: 

Seth Smith RF
Adam Jones CF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Mark Trumbo DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Hyun-Soo Kim LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Caleb Joseph C
Tyler Wilson RHP

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Xander Bogaerts SS
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Christian Vazquez C
Kyle Kendrick 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.