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Grady Sizemore makes Red Sox Opening Day roster

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - MARCH 25: Grady Sizemore #38 of the Boston Red Sox makes the catch during the fourth inning of the game gainst the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on March 25, 2014 in Port Charlotte, Florida. The Red Sox defeated the Rays 4-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - MARCH 25: Grady Sizemore #38 of the Boston Red Sox makes the catch during the fourth inning of the game gainst the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on March 25, 2014 in Port Charlotte, Florida. The Red Sox defeated the Rays 4-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Getty Images

In an announcement that comes with little surprise, Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed to reporters Friday that outfielder Grady Sizemore has indeed made the Opening Day roster and will start in center field against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. will start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

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Sizemore, 31, hasn’t played in the major leagues in two full seasons, suffering from back and knee injuries. He hit .333 with an .842 OPS in 12 spring exhibition games for the Sox this month.

Bradley, who forced his way onto the Opening Day roster with a sizzling spring training in 2013, struggled much of this exhibition season, batting only .158 with 17 strikeouts in 19 games.

Earlier this week, Farrell had hinted that Sizemore would be on the big league roster when he announced that Sizemore would likely bat fifth or sixth instead of leadoff in order to limit his at-bats. The manager said that Shane Victorino would like bat in the top slot against righties, while Daniel Nava would take the role against lefthanded starters.

In Sizemore’s last season with the Indians in 2011, he hit only .224 in 71 games. He hasn’t played in more than 100 games since 2009, when he hit .248 with 18 home runs, 64 RBI, and had a .788 OPS.

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