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Saturday Red Sox lineup: Clay Buchholz goes in front of full lineup

Clay Buchholz will pitch in front of a (mostly) full lineup Saturday as the Red Sox take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Clay Buchholz will take the mound Saturday afternoon, pitching in front of a full lineup as the Red Sox welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates into Jet Blue Park.

With left-handed starter John Locke on the mound for the Pirates, John Farrell will trot out what is a mostly typical lineup against southpaws:

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  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Shane Victorino, RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B
  5. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH
  7. Jonny Gomes, LF
  8. David Ross, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

The obvious question mark here is Jarrod Satalamacchia. Using up the DH spot for his second catcher when said catcher can't actually hit lefties probably won't be a regular trick of Farrell's come April and onward. For now, though, he perhaps needs at bats for Salty, and spring training being what it is, will not run up against a substitution crisis in case of an emergency.

The rest, however, seems par for the course.

The game will be broadcast on NESN, so we'll have a game thread for those interested.