Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/17/13
11:20 a.m.: Red Sox fans may want to pay close attention to Sunday’s game. There’s a possibility that the lineup is a preview of what we’ll see when the team opens up the season against the Yankees on April 1. Shane Victorino is back in the Boston lineup after playing in the World Baseball Classic. He’ll bat second, with Dustin Pedroia batting third and Mike Napoli hitting cleanup. Manager John Farrell elected to insert two of his catchers into the lineup, with David Ross getting the start behind that plate and Jarrod Saltalamacchia — who has been swinging a hot bat — serving as the club’s designated hitter. Jose Iglesias, who tripled on Saturday, gets another start at shortstop, as Stephen Drew is still battling concussion symptoms. Check out the lineups below. Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Mike Napoli, 1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH Will Middlebrooks, 3B Jonny Gomes, LF David Ross, C Jose Iglesias, SS Jon Lester, P Rays Eduardo Escobar, SS Dan Johnson, 1B Evan Longoria, 3B Sean Rodriguez, CF James Loney, DH Jose Lobaton, C Mike Fontenot, 2B Jason Bourgeois, RF Rich Thompson LF Alex Cobb, SP 8 a.m. ET: Top o’ the morning to ya! We’ve once again stumbled — perhaps quite literally in some instances — upon St. Patrick’s Day. And that means that somewhere in the middle of blaring Gaelic music and drinking lots and lots of beer, Red Sox fans have a chance to see the hometown club slap on some green. The Red Sox will don their St. Patrick’s Day edition green caps and jerseys for Sunday’s game against the Rays. It’s believed the Sox first donned green in Winter Haven in 1990, when Roger Clemens purchased caps and stirrups for the team. How about that? In any event, it’ll be Jon Lester toeing the rubber for Boston, which improved to 12-9-1 in Grapefruit League play with a victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday. Lester has been excellent this spring. He tossed five innings of one-run ball in his last start, which came against the Marlins on Monday. Overall, the left-hander has allowed just two runs on six hits in 14 innings (1.29 ERA) while striking out 10 and walking four. Joel Hanrahan and Anthony Carter are also expected to take the mound for Boston on Sunday. It’s a little early, but hey, St. Patrick’s Day comes once a year. Grab yourself a beer, but come right back here. The Sox and Rays will kick things off at 1:35 p.m. ET. That action can be seen on NESN, and I’ll, of course, do my best to further enhance the overall experience. Photo via Twitter/@RedSox
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