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Red Sox at Orioles lineups: Now that’s what I call a spring slate

The B-team suits up for a game against B-More.

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Bobby’s bombing this March, per this picture from July.
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The surging Red Sox face the Orioles this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. in the first of approximately 476 meetings between the two teams this year, and about the 20,000th time overall.

In honor of facing Baltimore, today is the first day the Sox are giving virtually all the likely regulars a rest, with a more traditional spring training lineup set to take the field. After yesterday, the headliner has to be Bombin’ Bobby Dalbec, who’s back in action and batting cleanup after his pair of home runs yesterday. Jarren Duran is in center and batting second, which I suspect you will hear more and more as the season goes on. And, exciting as far as these things go, 2020 first-round pick Nick Yorke is the DH and batting eighth.

Journeyman Matt Andriese is on the mound to start, having fulfilled the requirements through his three and half seasons in Tampa. On the Orioles side, Trey Mancini, continuing his return after last year’s cancer diagnosis, is batting second and we like that, but the notable feature of this game is who isn’t playing: top prospects Adley Rutschman and Ryan Mountcastle. Ryan McKenna is, though. Must mean something.

Red Sox Lineup

1. Jonathan Araúz, 2B

2. Jarren Duran, CF

3. Christian Arroyo, SS

4. Bobby Dalbec, 1B

5. Yairo Muñoz, 3B

6. César Puello, RF

7. Michael Gettys, LF

8. Nick Yorke, DH

9. Jett Bandy, C

SP: Matt Andriese, RHP

Orioles lineup

1. Cedric Mullins, CF

2. Trey Mancini, 1B

3. Anthony Santander, DH

4. Pedro Severino, C

5. Freddy Galvis, SS

6. Yusniel Diaz, RF

7. Yolmer Sánchez, 2B

8. Rylan Bannon, 3B

9. Ryan McKenna, LF

SP: Dean Kremer, RHP