Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/15/13
5:53 p.m. ET: One game down, one to go. Half of the Red Sox — who are signed up for split-squad action on Friday — played the Orioles to a 3-3 tie in Sarasota earlier in the day. Now, it’s on to the Twins, who arrive at JetBlue Park for a 7:05 p.m. ET throwdown with the rest of Boston’s players. Felix Doubront will get the nod for the Sox. It’ll mark his third start of the spring. The left-hander tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his first outing on March 4, and he then allowed two runs in three innings against the Orioles on March 9. The first six hitters in the Boston lineup on Friday night figure to be regulars when the Red Sox kick off the regular season. Mike Carp will bat seventh and serve as the DH. He’s battling with the likes of Lyle Overbay (who DH’d on Thursday) and Ryan Lavarnway (who DH’d in Game 1 on Friday) when it comes to a spot on the big league roster. If David Ortiz isn’t healthy to start the season, manager John Farrell will need to find someone capable of producing at the plate, so the rest of the spring is very important for  that trio, among others. Lavarnway struggled on Friday, going 0-for-5 against the O’s. Friday night’s action will be televised live on NESN, so be sure to tune in. I don’t want to lose you all together, though, so feel free to poke around here as well whenever you get the chance. The lineups for Friday night are below. Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Jonny Gomes, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Mike Napoli, 1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Will Middlebrooks, 3B Mike Carp, DH Ryan Sweeney, RF Pedro Ciriaco, SS Felix Doubront, P Twins Aaron Hicks, CF Jamey Carroll, 3B Chris Parmelee, 1B Ryan Doumit, C Oswaldo Arcia, RF Joe Benson, DH Brian Dozier, 2B Eduardo Escobar, SS Darin Mastroianni, LF Liam Hendricks, P

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