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Saturday's Red Sox-Cubs lineups: Pedroia hits sixth again; Wright vs. Lackey

Saturday's Red Sox-Cubs lineups: Pedroia hits sixth again; Wright vs. Lackey

The Red Sox stick with the same lineup as they look to make it two in a row over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon (4:05) at Fenway Park.

Dustin Pedroia (2-for-3 with a walk Friday) is back in the sixth spot after hitting there for the first time in his career Friday night as the Red Sox used a five-run first to hold on for a 5-4 victory.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright (1-2, 8.66), still looking to regain his All-Star form from the first half of last season, is on the mound for Boston. Continuing the reunion theme of the weekend, he's opposed by old friend John Lackey (1-3, 4.88), the Red Sox' 2013 World Series hero traded in 2014 to the Cardinals in the deal that sent Joe Kelly and Allen Craig to Boston. Lackey signed with the Cubs last offseason. 

The full lineups:  

Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez 3B
Steven Wright RHP

Kyle Schwarber DH
Kris Bryant 3B    
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Ben Zobrist 2B
Jason Heyward RF    
Addison Russell SS    
Miguel Montero C    
Albert Almora CF    
Jon Jay LF
John Lackey 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.