Alfredo Aceves #91 of the Boston Red Sox throws in the eighth inning during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
It's starting to feel like the Red Sox only face the Blue Jays during the spring now. That's fine and all, as it means we get to see more Jose Bautista. But it's also terrible, because it means we need to see more Jose Bautista. Except for today!
Alfredo Aceves takes the mound today at the same time Felix Doubront pitches in the unofficial contest of the day. This is noteworthy because, if you're a conspiracy theorist, the spot in the rotation Doubront and Aceves are fighting over would first face the Jays in the regular season. Are the Sox hiding Doubront from the team he would face in a game that matters, and signaling that Aceves is going to relief? Tune in next week, same bat time, same bat channel.
The Red Sox are throwing out a real lineup today, while the Blue Jays left just the one regular behind to face Aceves. Unless you count Jeff Mathis. Who is hitting sixth. It's that kind of lineup.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Anthony Gose - CF|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Rajai Davis - RF|
|Adrian Gonzalez - 1B||Eric Thames - LF|
|Kevin Youkilis - 3B||Yan Gomes - 1B|
|David Ortiz - DH||Luis Valbuena - SS|
|Darnell McDonald - LF||Jeff Mathis - C|
|Ryan Sweeney - RF||Ricardo Nanita - DH|
|Kelly Shoppach - C||Jonathan Diaz - 2B|
|Mike Aviles - SS||Chris Woodward - 3B|
Facing this legitimate Red Sox nine will be pitching prospect Drew Hutchison, a 21-year-old who has done nothing but impress in his two years of pro ball, after a 15th-round selection in the 2009 amateur entry draft.