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Tuesday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Sox offense is rolling again


Tuesday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Sox offense is rolling again

BOSTON -- Suddenly, the Red Sox hitters are partying like its April and May again.

Things looked particularly dismal Saturday night, when they were routed by the Angels 21-2, but the Sox offense came back with 22 runs of its own over the next two games. Couple that with the Orioles' slump -- Boston has picked up 3 1/2 games on Baltimore over the last four days and now only trail the O's by two in the A.L. East -- and things look a whole lot brighter in Red Sox Nation than they did just 72 hours ago.

Tonight's lineups:

Shin-Soo Choo LF
Ian Desmond CF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Ryan Rua LF
Prince Fielder DH
Elvis Andrus SS
Rougned Odor 2B
Jurickson Profar 1B
Robinson Chirinos C
A.J. Griffin P

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Sandy Leon 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.