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Mike Napoli, Pablo Sandoval remain flipped in Red Sox order against Orioles

April 24, 2015 - 12:26 pm
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The Red Sox look to bounce back after losing their first series of the year, opening  a three-game set in Baltimore on Friday night with Rick Porcello opposing former Red Sox farmhand Miguel Gonzalez.

The Sox lost two of three in Tampa to the Rays, including Thursday night's walkoff defeat. For the third straight game, first baseman Mike Napoli will bat fifth and Pablo Sandoval sixth, in an effort to keep teams from bringing in a left-handed reliever to face David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez, and Sandoval.

Also, with Shane Victorino battling a sore hamstring, Daniel Nava gets the start in right field. Click here for a series preview, and also read up on why Porcello has been questioning his pitch selection of late. Here's the lineup.

1. Mookie Betts, CF 2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B 3. David Ortiz, DH 4. Hanley Ramirez, LF 5. Mike Napoli, 1B 6. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 7. Daniel Nava, RF 8. Brock Holt, SS 9. Ryan Hanigan, C Rick Porcello, RHP

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