The first game of spring training is here, and the Red Sox are pulling few punches against their opponents from Northeastern. It's a lineup made up almost entirely of 2013 regulars, with Grady Sizemore leading off to boot:
Boston Red Sox (0-0) (Also defending World Series champions, y'know?)
- Grady Sizemore, LF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Mike Napoli, 1B
- Jonny Gomes, RF
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
- Will Middlebrooks, 3B
- Ryan Lavarnway, C
- Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Starting Pitcher -- Brandon Workman
So a few quick notes for our first lineup of the year;
- Dustin Pedroia is back to batting second with David Ortiz third. It will be interesting to see how often this formation pops up in spring training compared to the 3-4 combination they shifted to in 2013 in an attempt to extend the lineup.
- Ryan Lavarnway is starting behind the plate, rather than at first base. The Red Sox said they were going to give him time at first in spring, given that his eventual home--if he has one--is certainly not as a backstop. This could just be a concession to A.J. Pierzynski's minor ankle injury, with Christian Vazquez tagged for Game 2.
- Jonny Gomes in right? In the regular season this would be a terrible sign. In spring training it's probably just the Sox easing the fragile Sizemore back into things in the smaller left field.
- Xander Bogaerts bats sixth, Will Middlebrooks seventh. Honestly we shouldn't read anything into that ordering, but it's very tempting to make a big deal about how the organization feels about the two players based on it.
- Brandon Workman is in a starting role, as planned. The Chris Capuano deal pretty much guaranteed that, but it's worth noting all the same.