BOSTON - APRIL 04: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox greets Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky before the game against the New York Yankees on April 4, 2010 during Opening Night at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The starting nine donning the armbands will include just the one catcher, now that the Sox are down to only two on the roster. The lucky man behind the plate against Wei-Yin Chen will be Ryan Lavarnway, given Salty's general inability to hit left-handed pitching.
With just the two catchers, they're also without an obvious choice at designated hitter, leaving Pedro Ciriaco to take on the role for the sixth time this year. Yikes. He'll bat second, dropping Carl Crawford all the way down to seventh in the order.
|BOSTON RED SOX||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Nick Markakis, RF|
|Pedro Ciriaco, DH||J.J. Hardy, SS|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||Nate McLouth, LF|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||Adam Jones, CF|
|Cody Ross, RF||Matt Wieters, C|
|Ryan Lavarnway, C||Chris Davis, DH|
|Carl Crawford, LF||Mark Reynolds, 1B|
|Mike Aviles, SS||Manny Machado, 3B|
|Danny Valencia, 3B||Omar Quintanilla, 2B|