Grapefruit League Game 23: Red Sox at Blue Jays

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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