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Exhibition Game 12: Orioles at Red Sox

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The lineups for today:

RED SOX (8-3)
Mike Cameron CF
Mike Lowell 1B
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
J.D. Drew RF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Bill Hall SS
Jeremy Hermida LF
Tug Hulett 2B

Pitching: RHP Tim Wakefield followed by LHP Brian Shouse, RHP Jonathan Papelbon and LHP Hideki Okajima.

ORIOLES (3-8)
John Tucker CF
Justin Turner 3B
Lou Montanez LF
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Jeff Salazar RF
Brandon Synder 1B
Craig Tatum C
Pedro Florimon SS

Pitching: RHP Brad Bergesen followed by RHP Chris Tillman.

Game time: 1:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: None.

Notes: Lowell has not played first base since a four-game experiment while he was playing for Class AAA Columbus in 1998. … Wakefield has not allowed a run over five innings in two games with three hits, one walk and no strikeouts. … Papelbon has appeared in four games, throwing four scoreless innings. He has allowed one hit but does not yet have a strikeout.

Back with much more later on.

UPDATE, 8:17 a.m.: Daisuke Matsuzaka is tentatively scheduled to throw 40 pitches of BP to Gil Velazquez, Angel Sanchez and Aaron Bates at 11:30 a.m.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Interesting lineup today and here’s why:

Mike Lowell playing first base will attract scouts by the dozen and the Red Sox have done a good job of using the media to make sure everybody knows about it. This is the first step toward a possible trade.

However … the struggles of David Ortiz (1 for 19) could give the Sox some pause about trading Lowell, who could be a viable option at DH if Big Papi can’t recover.

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Lowell has three weeks to show what he can do and it starts today.

The other interesting aspect of today is Bill Hall playing shortstop. With Jed Lowrie likely headed to the minors because of his wrist and now a lingering illness, Hall needs to show he can play shortstop. Otherwise the Sox might have keep Angel Sanchez or Gil Velazquez on their bench.

Hall has not played shortstop 2006 when he started 126 games there for the Brewers. The coaching staff has been working him out at the position. Today starts the evaluation process.

UPDATE, 10:27 a.m.: Kevin Youkilis turns 31 today. … Mike Lowell may be playing first base today but that doesn’t mean he wants to talk about it. He has already told a team spokesman that he is not willing to answer questions. … A neat thing will happen tomorrow. Ron Johnson will coach third base during the split-squad doubleheader against the Astros in Kissimmee. His son Chris is slated to start at third base for Houston. You can credit Terry Francona and Brad Mills for that. “I’m a little nervous to tell you the truth,” Johnson said. “I’ve never rooted for somebody on the other team before.” Chris Johnson, 25, is a former fourth-round draft pick and has had a strong camp for the Astros.

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