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Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: Mookie Betts gets a day off

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Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: Mookie Betts gets a day off

After splitting their four-game series in Texas, the Red Sox are on to Baltimore where they'll begin a three-game set vs. the lowly Orioles.

It'll be hard-throwing southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound for Boston with Christian Vazquez catching. E-Rod will look to fare better than he did in his last start, when he allowed seven hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched vs. the Rays.

Mookie Betts gets the day off with J.D. Martinez taking his spot in right field. Eduardo Nuñez will be the DH.

The Red Sox also announced Friday that right-hander Brian Johnson has been activated from the injured list. Sam Travis was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Johnson on the roster.

Here's a look at the lineups for both teams, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET at Camden Yards.

BOSTON RED SOX (36-34)
Michael Chavis 1B
Andrew Benintendi LF
J.D. Martinez RF
Rafael Devers 3B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Brock Holt 2B
Christian Vázquez C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Eduardo Núñez DH

Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP (6-4, 5.00 ERA)

BALTIMORE ORIOLES (21-47)
Hanser Alberto 3B
Trey Mancini RF
Renato Nunez DH
Pedro Severino C
Anthony Santander LF
Jonathan Villar 2B
Chris Davis 1B
Keon Broxton CF
Richie Martin SS

Luis Ortiz, RHP (0-1, 15.43 ERA)

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Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

The Red Sox have employed all manner of center fielders throughout their history.

Whereas left field has generally been home to run producers and right to all-around threats, the men in the middle have covered a wide range of styles. There are straight speedsters like Jacoby Ellsbury, defensive dynamos like Jackie Bradley Jr., fun-loving eccentric types like Johnny Damon, underappreciated standouts like Ellis Burks, and even plodding sluggers like Tony Armas.

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Only in recent years have the Red Sox consistently prioritized defense in the role, from Coco Crisp to Ellsbury to Bradley.

But that doesn't mean they haven't featured some talented players there, including a turn-of-century Hall of Famer, the younger brother of baseball royalty, and the one who fans over 50 still lament got away.

Click here for the Top 5 center fielders in Red Sox history.

MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Numbers 100-76

MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Numbers 100-76

There was once a time when a list of baseball's top 100 players would've been dominated by men in their 30s or even 40s. In 2004, for instance, the NL MVP was 39-year-old Barry Bonds and the Cy Young went to 41-year-old Roger Clemens. It was the seventh respective award for each.

We now can be almost certain that neither accomplishment was achieved without help, but if any good came from that era, it's that it forced baseball to address its PED problem, which means that a top 100 list now looks very different.

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Our list will reflect that shift. What it won't include are three pitchers guaranteed not to play in 2020 because of Tommy John surgery — Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, Luis Severino of the Yankees, and of course Chris Sale of the Red Sox.

Over the next four weeks, NBC Sports Boston will unveil its top 100 players, 25 at a time, and the list is dominated by youth. Never have young players been so essential to winning, whether it's 20-year-old Juan Soto helping lead the Nationals to last fall's shocking World Series title, or 23-year-old Cody Bellinger being named NL MVP.

Click here for Part 1: Players ranked 100th to 76th on our list.