Red Sox Opening Day lineup: With Shane Victorino out, Mike Carp starts in left

March 31, 2014 - 7:00 am
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BALTIMORE -- With Shane Victorino landing on the disabled list on Monday morning, Mike Carp will get an unexpected Opening Day start in left field for the Red Sox against the Orioles. Carp hit .216 with a .286 OBP, .471 slugging mark and three homers in 22 games (51 at-bats) for the Red Sox in spring training. The left-handed hitter has struggled, however, against Orioles righty Chris Tillman, posting a 1-for-11 mark with one walk and one strikeout against the towering Baltimore pitcher. Victorino's absence could prove palpable, as he enjoys considerable success against the O's starter, having posted a .364/.417/.636 line against Tillman. Carp will bat sixth and play left, resulting in a realignment of both the batting order and defense. With anticipated two-hole hitter Victorino out of the lineup, the Red Sox are moving their anticipated three through six hitters up a spot in the batting order. Meanwhile, leadoff man Daniel Nava will cross from left to right, with Carp in left. This is Carp's second career Opening Day start. He will hope it goes considerably better than his first, when he suffered a shoulder subluxation while diving for a ball against the A's in 2012, resulting in nearly five weeks on the DL and a season in which he never had his swing. For complete batter vs. starting pitcher matchups, click here. For comprehensive Red Sox Opening Day coverage, visit weei.com/redsox. RED SOX LINEUP Daniel Nava, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Mike Carp, LF Grady Sizemore, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS A.J. Pierzynski, C Will Middlebrooks, 3B Jon Lester, SP

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