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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Orioles lineups: Betts again cleanup, Shaw at 1B


Tuesday’s Red Sox-Orioles lineups: Betts again cleanup, Shaw at 1B

Mookie Betts stays in the cleanup spot and Travis Shaw is at first base with Hanley Ramirez still on bereavement leave as the Red Sox open a brief two-game series against the Orioles in Baltimore. 

The Red Sox come in one game behind the Orioles and the Blue Jays, who are tied atop the American League East. 

Aaron Hill starts at third, with Shaw at first, and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.43 ERA) is on the mound for Boston. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo (4-4, 5.17) pitches for Baltimore. 

The lineups:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Sandy Leon C
Andrew Benintendi LF

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP

Adam Jones CF
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Manny Machado 3B
Mark Trumbo RF 
Steve Pearce-DH
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Nolan Reimold LF

Yovani Gallardo 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.