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Red Sox at Twins lineups: Nathan Eovaldi is back

The presumed opening day starter will make his second appearance of the year.

Boston Red Sox Spring Training
Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Red Sox and Twins play for what feels like the 12th time this March when the face off at 1:05 p.m. in the non-Sox part of Ft. Myers, Florida. NESN has the broadcast today.

Nathan Eovaldi, who threw a simulated game in lieu of his last start, will face the Twins for the second time this “spring” (it is not yet spring) against Kenta Maeda, who MassLive’s Chris Cotillo reminds me was second in the AL Cy Young voting last year. It’s also Eovaldi’s second preseason start overall, and the first in March.

Xander Bogaerts is at DH for the third straight day, as he eyes a return to shortstop this week. He’ll also practice around the diamond after his DH appearance today:

No Alex Verdugo or Jarren Duran to patrol center field today—that honor will go to Kiké Hernández, who will bat leadoff once more. Duran was in the original lineup as the DH before Bogaerts took his place. Kevin Plawecki will make the Sunday start at catcher, and that’s about all there is to report for the Boston side. If you want the Twins side, you’re a traitor and should be ashamed, or just look below.

Following Eovaldi today will be Adam Ottavino, Garrett Whitlock and Daniel Gossett, and a big thank you to Ian Cundall at the invaluable Sox Prospects for hooking us up with said information.

Red Sox lineup

1. Kiké Hernández, CF

2. Marwin Gonzalez, SS

3. Xander Bogaerts, DH

4. J.D. Martinez, LF

5. Rafael Devers, 3B

6. Christian Arroyo, 2B

7. Michael Chavis, 1B

8. Kevin Plawecki, C

9. Michael Gettys, RF

SP: Nathan Eovaldi, RHP

Twins lineup

1. Max Kepler, RF

2. Josh Donaldson, 3B

3. Nelson Cruz, DH

4. Mitch Garver, C

5. Jorge Polanco, SS

6. Miguel Sanó, 1B

7. Byron Buxton, CF

8. Andrelton Simmons, SS

9. Brent Rooker, LF

SP: Kenta Maeda, RHP