Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/27/13
6:15 p.m. ET: John Farrell is turning to his starters in an effort to bounce back from Tuesday’s 15-4 defeat. A day after getting smoked by the Cardinals, the Red Sox will take on the Orioles in the first of the teams’ five spring training meetings. The Boston lineup will pack a pretty good punch, as a number of the team’s regulars will get the nod against Buck Showalter’s bunch. Jacoby Ellsbury will leadoff and play center field, and Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino will bat second and third, respectively — a top three we’ve already seen from the BoSox this spring. Jarrod Saltalmacchia will bat cleanup and be Franklin Morales’ catcher to begin the game. Wednesday will give us our first look at Morales this spring. The left-hander threw 23 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday, but this will be his first game action. Morales, who could be in line for a bullpen role to begin the season, made 28 relief appearances last season but also made  a career-high nine starts with the Red Sox before missing the club’s final 37 games due to injury. Overall, Morales went 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA. He also averaged nine strikeouts per nine innings, which was the eighth-best mark among American League pitchers with at least 75 innings pitched. Showalter will be taking an approach similar to Farrell’s on Wednesday night. The O’s will be rolling out what projects to look a lot like their Opening Day starting lineup, with the only omission being Manny Machado, who figures to be their starting third baseman to begin the regular season. Wednesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Fortunately, all of the action will air on NESN, so be sure to tune in. Be sure to keep it here with NESN.com’s live blog as well, though, as I’ll be pumping out some additional commentary, analysis and all kinds of other baseball-related awesomeness throughout the evening. Wednesday’s lineups are below. Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Shane Victorino, RF Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Will Middlebrooks, 3B Stephen Drew, SS Jonny Gomes, LF Daniel Nava, 1B Mark Hamilton, DH Franklin Morales, P Orioles Nolan Reimold, DH Brian Roberts, 2B Nick Markakis, RF Adam Jones, CF Matt Wieters, C Chris Davis, 1B J.J. Hardy, SS Nate McLouth, LF Wilson Betemit, 3B Chris Tillman, P

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