Beckett, Buchholz inch closer to returning

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Beckett, Buchholz inch closer to returning

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As bad as the news has been for the Red Sox recently, there were a few positive tidbits Sunday the Sox could cling to.

Josh Beckett, who is battling a sprained ankle suffered in his start last Monday in Toronto, will throw a bullpen Monday and could start as soon as Thursday, though the Red Sox aren't committed to that until they see his side session.

And Clay Buchholz, who long-tossed and threw on flat ground for much of the trip, will have one more such session Tuesday before being re-examined and possibly cleared to throw his first bullpen session.

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Sunday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Holt in for Pedroia at second base

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Sunday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Holt in for Pedroia at second base

The Boston Red Sox close out their three-game series against the Kansas City Royals without second baseman Dustin Pedroia. 

Brock Holt will be at second base for Pedroia who will miss the game, reportedly attending to a family matter.

Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.11 ERA) will be on the mound for the Sox, facing off against Yordano Ventura (9-9, 4.27 ERA).

The lineups:

ROYALS
Paulo Orlando CF
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
Lorenzo Cain RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Salvador Perez C
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Raul Mondesi 2B
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Yordano Ventura RHP

RED SOX
Brock Holt 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Sandy Leon C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
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Eduardo Rodriguez LHP