Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/6/13
11:40 p.m.: The Red Sox’ lineup card is in, and it’ll be Brock Holt leading things off. Holt and Pedro Ciriaco are battling for a spot on the roster as a utility player, and we’ll have an opportunity to see both of them in action on Wednesday. Holt is hitting .278 (5-for-18) with three runs in eight spring training games thus far, while Ciriaco is batting .313 (5-for-16) with a run, four RBIs and two stolen bases in seven spring games. The two also played together in Monday’s tilt, with Holt leading off in that game as well while Ciriaco batted second. The rest of Wednesday’s lineup is below. Red Sox Brock Holt, 3B Jonny Gomes, LF Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH Mauro Gomez, 1B J.C. Linares, RF Jackie Bradley Jr., CF David Ross, C Jose Iglesias, SS Pedro Ciriaco, 2B Jon Lester, P 11:20 a.m. ET: The Red Sox need Jon Lester to be pre-2012 Jon Lester in 2013. If the lefty’s first two starts of spring training are any indication, the outlook is good. Lester had a disappointing 2012 season, to say the least. After establishing himself as one of the most reliable pitchers in baseball during the four years prior, he went 9-14 with a 4.82 ERA while the Sox suffered through their worst season since 1965. It’s a new year, though, and Lester appears focused on silencing his critics. He’s been working hard with manager John Farrell, pitching coach Juan Nieves and the rest of the Boston coaching staff in order to get his mechanics back to where they were before he stumbled in 2012. And while spring training results shouldn’t be overblown, Lester has looked solid in his first two starts, tossing five scoreless innings and striking out three. Lester’s second start of the spring came against the same Pirates team he’ll face on Wednesday. The veteran hurler pitched three innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out two last Friday. On Wednesday, Lester will start the game and then be followed by Rubby De La Rosa, Steven Wright, Junichi Tazawa and Anthony Carter. Lester will deliver his first pitch at 1:35 p.m. ET.
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