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Grapefruit League Game 23: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 25, 2012 08:30 AM

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Here are the lineups:

RED SOX (10-9-3)
Aviles SS
Ellsbury CF
Gonzalez 1B
McDonald LF
Lavarnway DH
Kroeger RF
Shoppach C
Spears 3B
Hee 2B

Pitching: RHP Daniel Bard followed by RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Scott Atchison, LHP Justin Thomas and RHP Justin Germano.

BLUE JAYS (18-4-1)
Johnson 2B
Escobar SS
Bautista RF
Lind 1B
Encarnacion DH
Lawrie 3B
Thames LF
Rasmus CF
Mathis C

Pitching: LHP Aaron Laffey followed by RHP Jason Frasor, RHP Carlos Villaneuva and LHP Luis Perez.

Game time: 1:05 p.m.

TV / Radio: NESN / WEEI

Notes: The Jays have won six straight. ... The Sox have only eight exhibition games left after today, seven in Florida. ... This would seem to be an important game for Bard in his pursuit of a rotation spot. He had two impressive outings, then one that went awry because of a rain delay (and the fact that he came in relief) and a fourth that started poorly and finished well. Bard has had control issues (6 strikeouts, 10 walks in 12.2 innings) and given up too many foul balls due to a reliance on his fastball and changeup. A good performance today should allay whatever fears there are about his conversion.

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