Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/15/13
12:38 p.m.: The biggest thing to note in Friday’s lineup card for Game 1 is certainly Bryce Brentz. Brentz is making his spring training debut after accidentally shooting himself in the leg back in January. He’ll get the start in right field, and he’ll once again roam the outfield alongside Jackie Bradley Jr., who gets the start in center. Brentz, a first-round draft pick of the Red Sox in 2010, played in 122 games with Double-A Portland last season before making the leap to play in five games with Triple-A Pawtucket. Brentz hit .296 with 17 home runs and 76 RBIs in 456 Double-A at-bats. Brentz accidentally shot himself while he was cleaning his shotgun. While he didn’t dodge the bullet literally, he certainly did figuratively. The 24-year-old — who was the 64th-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com, prior to the 2012 season — called the injury “nothing serious.” Brentz is the No. 6 prospect in the Red Sox organization, according to SoxProspects.com. 12:25 p.m.: We’ve got ourselves a pair of lineup cards. Feast your eyes on them below. Red Sox Brock Holt, 2B Jose Iglesias, SS Jackie Bradley Jr., CF Ryan Lavarnway, DH David Ross, C Mauro Gomez, 1B Mitch Maier, LF Drew Sutton, 3B Bryce Brentz, RF Clayton Mortensen, P Orioles Nate McLouth, CF Brian Roberts, 2B Matt Wieters, C Chris Davis, 1B J.J. Hardy, SS Wilson Betemit, DH Manny Machado, 3B Chris Dickerson, RF Lew Ford, LF Zach Britton, P 8 a.m. ET: It’s a great day. Let’s play two. The Red Sox are in split-squad action on Friday, with the first game coming against the Orioles at 1:05 p.m. and the second contest featuring a showdown with the Twins at 7:05 p.m. Clayton Mortensen will get the start for Boston in Game 1. He’s quickly becoming a much more important pitcher to the Red Sox, as Franklin Morales continues to battle a back issue. Morales figured to be the team’s spot starter, but his status hasn’t improved throughout camp, and the team will likely need someone else to fill the role to begin the year. Manager John Farrell said that Alfredo Aceves will probably be the guy, but Mortensen is another candidate. Mortensen has made three appearances this spring, allowing three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He has three strikeouts and two walks, and batters are hitting .200 against Mortensen, who was traded to Boston in exchange for Marco Scutaro prior to the 2012 season. Mortensen appeared in 26 games with the Red Sox last season. All of those appearances came in relief, and he went 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA. The 27-year-old has started games in the past, though, so while it’s unclear whether Farrell will consider stretching him out, it’s at least a possibility. Mortensen is scheduled to be followed by Alex Wilson, Chris Hernandez and Oscar Villarreal in the day’s first game.
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