Valentine goes traditional with first lineup

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Valentine goes traditional with first lineup

DETROIT -- Manager Bobby Valentine has said all spring that the lineup will continue to evolve, with little set in stone.
But for the season opener, Valentine took the traditional route at the top, installing Jacoby Ellsbury in the leadoff spot. Over the course of the spring, Ellsbury hit second and third occasionally, but for the opener, it's leadoff again.
Ellsbury, of course, will be the first Red Sox hitter to face Detroit starter Justin Verlander, who edged out Ellsbury to win the A.L. MVP last fall.
"I thought it would be apropos for you guys to write about the number one and number two in the MVP voting facing each other on a first pitch here in Detroit this year," Valentine said. "And Ellsbury liked it, too. Talking to him, he kind of relished the idea."
Also somewhat unorthodox: Valentine has two left-handed hitters -- Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz batting back-to-back in the order at Nos, 3 and 4, with right-handed-hitting Kevin Youkilis batting fifth.
Terry Francona, Valentine's predecessor, liked to split up the lefties in the order to make it tough for the opposing manager to match up lefty relievers.
But Valentine said he wanted the two lefties higher in the order against Verlander.

OFFSEASON

Turner on Instagram: Leaving Celtics ‘one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made’

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Turner on Instagram: Leaving Celtics ‘one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made’

On Instagram, Evan Turner thanks the Boston fans after he leaves the Celtics for a four-year, $70 million free agent deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. 

Friday’s Red Sox-Angels lineups: Ramirez out, Holt back

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Friday’s Red Sox-Angels lineups: Ramirez out, Holt back

Hanley Ramirez is out of the Red Sox starting lineup as they open a three-game weekend series at Fenway Park tonight against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 

Ramirez is day-to-day after he hurt his right side on a swing and miss on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays and left that game in the eighth inning.

Travis Wright moves to first place in place of Ramirez and Marco Hernandez will play third. Brock Holt returns from the disabled list and will play left field.

Steven Wright (8-5, 2.18 ERA) looks to bounce back from a loss in Texas in his last start. Jhoulys Chacin (3-6, 5.64) starts for the Angels. 

The lineups: 

ANGELS
Kole Calhoun RF
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 3B
Daniel Nava LF
C.J. Cron 1B
Johnny Giovotella 2B
Carlos Perez C
Andrelton Simmons SS

Jhoulys Chacin RHP 

RED SOX
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt LF
Travis Shaw 1B
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez 3B

Steven Wright RHP 
 

Backes: Most of the talk has me playing center for Bruins

Backes: Most of the talk has me playing center for Bruins

David Backes on the Felger and Mazz show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, and simulcast on CSN, tells fill-in hosts Jim Murray and Greg Dickerson there has also been some discussion with the Bruins of putting him on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

Watch the video above for more.