CSNNE.com Insider Sean McAdam tweets tonight's Boston Red Sox lineup, with a few notable changes.
The Carl Crawford shuffle continues, as he will bat second behind Jacoby Ellsbury and before Dustin Pedroia, who is moved down to third in the order.
Adrian Gonzalez will bat fourth, and Kevin Youkilis will bat fifth ahead of David Ortiz and J.D. Drew.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, hitless in 10 at-bats through the first three games, gets the nod over Jason Varitek, who is yet to play this season. Reports were that Varitek would get the start with Josh Beckett taking the mound, but Manager Terry Francona decided otherwise.
Marco Scutaro rounds out the order, hitting from the nine slot.
Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.