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Red Sox vs. Orioles lineups: Sox go back to original lineup for home opener

The Sox are back to the original starting nine--check that, ten--for the home opener against Baltimore.

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The Red Sox will return to the ten men who earned the win on Opening Day in Cleveland as they make their 2016 debut in Fenway Park.


Mookie Betts, RF TBA
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Travis Shaw, 3B
Brock Holt, LF
Blake Swihart, C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Starting Pitcher -- David Price Starting Pitcher -- Yovani Gallardo

John Farrell will give the people what they want at the home opener--no great surprise, and nothing that really incites much comment. So far, these are more-or-less the starting nine who should be getting the at bats. Rusney Castillo has made a small case for himself, but we're not deep enough in the year for anything from Opening Day to be clearly wrong yet, particularly with so many of the uncertain players (Shaw, Holt, Hanley) getting off to great starts.

These Red Sox will have to take on an Orioles team that's so far been unbeatable in 2016. They've not exactly been blowing the doors off their opponents, and the Twins and, to a lesser extent, Rays are not necessarily the most intimidating of competition, but 5-0 is 5-0. The Orioles weren't exactly favorites to win the East this year, and they've still got a long way to go to prove the pre-season projections wrong, but it's a strong start.

They'll send Yovanni Gallardo today, who had a pretty strong first start and has kind of just been standard post-2012 Gallardo since, well, 2012. The Red Sox should know what to expect from him, as the Orioles should know what to expect from David Price. It's certainly a matchup that favors the Red Sox--it almost always should be when Price is on the mound--but not a rollover by any means. The Sox will have to do better work today than they did for the final game in Toronto against Estrada. Not a big ask, but who knows, maybe Dickey's knuckleball, as ineffective as it was, is messing with them two days later.

First pitch is at 2:05 p.m. ET on NESN and WEEI.