Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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5:12 p.m.: Jackie Bradley Jr. is still awaiting his roster fate, but he won’t have an opportunity to pad his resume on Thursday — at least to begin the game. Bradley will be out of the lineup, as the Red Sox’ outfield will instead be patrolled by Jonny Gomes, Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino — from left to right, respectively. That was the original outfield plan before David Ortiz experienced an injury setback and Bradley burst onto the spring scene. It may still be the Opening Day outfield. Daniel Nava will get the nod as Boston’s designated hitter. He’s been an on-base machine in Grapefruit League action this year, and as a result, manager John Farrell has penciled him into the No. 2 spot on Thursday. The rest of Thursday’s lineups are below. Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Daniel Nava, DH Dustin Pedroia, 2B Mike Napoli, 1B Will Middlebrooks, 3B Shane Victorino, RF Jonny Gomes, LF David Ross, C Jose Iglesias, SS Clay Buchholz P Twins Aaron Hicks, CF Joe Mauer, C Josh Willingham, LF Justin Morneau, 1B Ryan Doumit, DH Trevor Plouffe, 3B Chris Parmelee, RF Eduardo Escobar, 2B Pedro Florimon, SS Kevin Correia, P 8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox’ starting pitchers are getting their final tune-ups in before the start of the regular season. On Thursday, it’ll be Clay Buchholz’s turn. Buchholz enters the game with a 0.96 ERA (two earned runs in 18 2/3 innings) in five spring starts. He allowed one run on four hits while striking out five in his last start against the Pirates on Saturday. Thursday’s contest will mark the first of three games against the Twins to close out spring training. The Sox and Twins will also do battle on Friday and Saturday. Boston begins the regular season in New York against the Yankees on Monday. Following Buchholz on Thursday will be Alfredo Aceves, Joel Hanrahan and Koji Uehara. Thursday’s action kicks off at 7:05 p.m. ET. Coverage of the game will be provided on NESN, and of course, be sure to stick around with NESN.com for additional commentary and analysis.
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