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Red Sox vs. Orioles: Jon Lester avoids the O's

With Opening Day right around the corner, Jon Lester is avoiding the lineup he'll have to face Monday.

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The Red Sox will send Allen Webster to the mound Wednesday afternoon, with Jon Lester starting in a minor league game to keep the Orioles from seeing the arm they'll face in just five days' time.

Boston Red Sox (9-15)

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Mike Carp, 1B
  4. Mike Napoli, DH
  5. Jonny Gomes, LF
  6. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  7. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
  8. Ryan Lavarnway, C
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr., RF

Starting Pitcher -- Allen Webster

Baltimore Orioles (12-8)

  1. Jemile Weeks, 2B
  2. David Lough, LF
  3. Nick Markakis, DH
  4. Chris Davis, 1B
  5. Steve Clevenger, C
  6. Henry Urrutia, RF
  7. Ryan Flaherty, 3B
  8. Alexi Casilla, SS
  9. Quintin Berry, CF
Starting Pitcher -- Miguel Gonzalez

Shane Victorino misses out on another game, but according to John Farrell his absence is precautionary, and that he's expected to be ready for Opening Day. It's up to you if you want to view that as optimistic, or even just distrust it, but it's the most overtly positive news we've heard on that front so far.

First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. EST, but there's no broadcast for today's game from either side.