Dustin Pedroia

Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia returns, Brock Holt to play 3B in place of Pablo Sandoval

Rob Bradford
April 20, 2015 - 5:51 am

After getting the day off Sunday, Dustin Pedroia returns to the Red Sox starting lineup for his team's series finale against the Orioles. It would seem like an opportune time for the second baseman to re-emerge for the Sox, as he is 14-for-27 (.519) against Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen. Brock Holt, who carries a six-game hitting streak and a .500 season average (12-for-24), will bat seventh and play third base, with Pablo Sandoval getting his first day off of the season. "There is no denying he's earning playing time," manager John Farrell said. "Versatility aside, he's swinging the bat well, playing with good energy, running the bases well, we want to keep that involved as much as possible." With rain the forecast the team is optimistic they will at least get the game started. "Everything right now points to us getting it started," said Farrell. "How deep we get into it remains to be seen. Once the rain starts, every forecast says that it is probably going to be the end of it with how lengthy and the intensity of the rain." Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup, with Justin Masterson on the mound for the hosts: Mookie Betts, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Hanley Ramirez, LF Mike Napoli, 1B Shane Victorino, RF Brock Holt, 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS Ryan Hanigan, C For a breakdown of the pitching matchup, click here.