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Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: Mookie Betts sits, Brock Holt plays center

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Mookie Betts will give way to Brock Holt Saturday afternoon as the Sox try to lock in at least a series tie against the Orioles.

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The Red Sox will have Brock Holt in center field Saturday afternoon, with Mookie Betts sitting out the second game against the Orioles.

Boston Red Sox (7-3)

  1. Brock Holt, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
  5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  6. Mike Napoli, 1B
  7. Daniel Nava, RF
  8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  9. Ryan Hanigan, C

Starting Pitcher -- Clay Buchholz

Baltimore Orioles (5-5)

  1. Alejandro De Aza, LF
  2. Steve Pearce, RF
  3. Chris Davis, 1B
  4. Adam Jones, CF
  5. Jimmy Paredes, DH
  6. Manny Machado, 3B
  7. Caleb Joseph, C
  8. Ryan Flaherty, 2B
  9. Everth Cabrera, SS

Starting Pitcher -- Chris Tillman

Regardless of who's in the lineup, all eyes will be on Clay Buchholz today. After all, it was Buchholz who ended Sunday night's game against New York in such dramatic fashion that the Red Sox may as well have sent nine high school players to the plate for all the good it would have done them. Was that a terrible start from a good pitcher, or was his first outing a good start for a bad pitcher? In any given year, Clay Buchholz can fit either mold, leaving his first two 2015 outings particularly puzzling.

There are no such uncertainties surrounding Chris Tillman. While he, like Buchholz, has had a good start and a disaster start, Tillman's last few seasons have left little doubt as to his quality. He might not be in the echelon of Hamels, or the trio Washington threw at them, but the Red Sox once again have their work cut out for them at the plate.

First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. with broadcasts on NESN, FS1, and WEEI.

Update: Shane Victorino scratched for Daniel Nava. Sounds like his ribs aren't doing great after his close encounter with the right field wall.