Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Mlb-athletics-red-sox-jul
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.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pacquiao knocks down Algieri six times in easy win

John Calipari gets daughter's birthday wrong

Carson: Hall of Fame career not worth concussion problems

Tiger hires new swing coach

Is Sting making his WWE debut at Survivor Series?

Eric Decker: It's tough watching Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Semaje Perine breaks Melvin Gordon's rushing record

Report: Chip Kelly, Eagles GM not seeing eye-to-eye

Pete Carroll open to playing Richard Sherman at WR

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled for so long'

Red Sox have best offer on table for Pablo Sandoval?

LeBron: Kevin Love will get the ball 'if he demands it'

Sager makes first appearance since leukemia diagnosis

Harvard kicker wears glasses

WATCH: Tennessee fans go a little overboard celebrating TD

Dwight Howard out indefinitely after having PRP on knee

Report: Mike Gundy pursuing Florida job

WATCH: Jameis Winston gets away with shoving an official

WATCH: Georgia's Chris Conley makes diving TD catch

WATCH: Nebraska blocks field goal, returns it for TD

Florida DL shows support for Will Muschamp with eye black

WATCH: Javale McGee kisses elderly fan sitting courtside

WATCH: Tim Tebow busts out a brief Steve Spurrier impression

WATCH: Nerlens Noel gets flagrant for foul on Eric Bledsoe

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Cal gets daughter's bday wrong

Carson: Career not worth concussions

Report: Gundy pursuing Florida job

Tiger hires new swing coach

WATCH: Jameis Winston shoves ref

Florida DL supports Will Muschamp with eye black

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled'

LeBron: Love needs to 'demand' the ball

Bills-Jets game will be free admission

Pete Carroll: Lynch is 'our guy'

Which NFL team will get the #1 pick?

Game of the week: Patriots vs. Lions

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.