Red Sox vs. Pirates lineups: Daniel Nava leads sparse road team

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Daniel Nava leads a sparse team of young players and backups as the Red Sox hit the road to face the Pirates.

The Red Sox are on the road in Bradenton to take on the Pirates Monday afternoon, meaning most of the regulars are enjoying a day off of game action. Daniel Nava, Mike Carp, and A.J. Pierzynski however, have braved the bus, and will lead a team of young players and backups in support of Brandon Workman as he makes his second start on the mound.

Boston Red Sox (1-2)

  1. Daniel Nava, LF
  2. Jonathan Herrera, 2B
  3. Mike Carp, DH
  4. Ryan Lavarnway, 1B
  5. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  6. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
  7. Bryce Brentz, RF
  8. Garin Cecchini, 3B
  9. Brock Holt, SS

Starting Pitcher -- Brandon Workman

Pittsburgh Pirates (3-1)

  1. Starling Marte, LF
  2. Russell Martin, C
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Pedro Alvarez, DH
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Travis Snider, RF
  7. Andrew Lambo, 1B
  8. Robert Andino, 3B
  9. Clint Barmes, SS
Starting Pitcher -- Francisco Liraino

It's a little surprising to see Brock Holt starting at shortstop while Jonathan Herrera plays second base. As it stands, Herrera is the obvious choice to play the role of backup infielder for the Red Sox, at least to start the season. Given that he's played primarily second base over the course of his career, and that's the one position the Red Sox are least likely to need him for, it would stand to reason that his ability to cover shortstop is the more pertinent information.

Other than that, though, this is pretty run-of-the-mill stuff for an "any given day" road game in spring. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. EST, and while Boston's spring training broadcast schedule doesn't list it, the Pirates seem to think there will be a radio broadcast available on MLB.com, though perhaps only to paying subscribers. Still, if you've got nothing better to do around lunch time, it's worth checking in on.

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