It's the first Red Sox - Yankees game of the year! Except it isn't because the Rays have a fiercer rivalry with these guys in the spring than Boston does.
Still, the names are on the scoreboard, the logos on the uniforms, and I'm sure the deep-seated loathing is in our hearts. So let's be thankful that the Red Sox are basically fielding a major league lineup for this one. Plus Jackie Bradley, who so far this spring is the biggest gun of them all.
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Stephen Drew, SS
- Mike Napoli, 1B
- Daniel Nava, LF
- Will Middlebrooks, 3B
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH
- David Ross, C
- Jackie Bradley, RF
Starting Pitcher -- Ryan Dempster
It is, of course, all a bit clunky. Stephen Drew batting third, Salty and Ross in the same lineup. But you make do with the resources you have available at a time like this, and we as fans can't ask for much more than a whole list of instantly recognizable names.
NESN and WEEI will both be showing the game starting at 1:35 p.m., which means we'll have a game thread for those interested.