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Red Sox at Twins Lineups: The last Sale Day of spring

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The newly-extended ace makes his final spring start.

MLB: World Series-Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a particularly happy Sale Day on this Friday, what with the ace sticking around for five more years and all that.

Although the bullpen is the most intriguing (and not necessarily in a good way) part of the Red Sox roster right now, the rotation is still pretty dang important. The newly-extended Chris Sale, of course, heads that rotation and he’ll be on the mound today. The team’s ace was absolutely lights out in his last outing, striking out seven over four scoreless innings. Let’s hope for more of that today, which is his last start before Opening Day.

As for the offense, it’s another day off for Mookie Betts, but the rest of the lineup is about what we may see on Opening Day. Eduardo Núñez is at second base for this one, with Christian Vázquez begins the plate.

Here are the full lineups:

Red Sox at Twins, 3/22

Lineup Spot Red Sox Twins
Lineup Spot Red Sox Twins
1 Andrew Benintendi, LF Max Kepler, RF
2 Eduardo Núñez, 2B Jorge Polanco, SS
3 Rafael Devers, 3B Nelson Cruz, DH
4 J.D. Martinez, DH Eddie Rosario, LF
5 Xander Bogaerts, SS C.J. Cron, 1B
6 Mitch Moreland, 1B Marwin Gonzalez, 3B
7 Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Jonathan Schoop, 2B
8 Christian Vázquez, C Jason Castro, C
9 Gorkys Hernández, RF Byron Buxton, CF
SP Dan Runzler, LHP Kyle Gibson, RHP

Boston’s penultimate game in Florida is going to be broadcast locally on NESN yet again, and will be on 850 AM WEEI for the radio broadcast. There is no national broadcast, but if you have an MLB.TV subscription you can of course watch on there. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM ET.

Update: Sale is a healthy scratch for Thursday’s game. Still a happy Sale Day.