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Tuesday's Red Sox-Orioles lineup: Showdown for first place


Tuesday's Red Sox-Orioles lineup: Showdown for first place

BOSTON -- Showdown for first place. Beginning of a 10-game homestand. And their ace, David Price, on the mound.

As regular-season games go, Tuesday night's is -- at the very least -- interesting for the Red Sox.

The Sox and their opponent, the Orioles, are tied for the top in the A.L. East, and, since it's a three-game series, one of them will have sole possession of the lead when the O's leave town. These sort of games are why Boston signed Price, and he gets the chance to justify his historic contract tonight.

The lineups:

Adam Jones CF
Joey Rickard RF
Manny Machado SS
Chris Davis 1B
Mark Trumbo DH
Matt Wieters C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Nolan Reimold LF
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Chris Tillman P

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Chris Young LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Christian Vazquez C
David Price P

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.