Found March 29, 2012 on NESN.com:
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox lineup card against the Blue Jays on Thursday will look eerily similar to one Bobby Valentine will fill out once the regular season begins. Jacoby Ellsbury will be leading off once again while Kevin Youkilis shores everything up at cleanup, as the Sox get set to face Toronto prospect Drew Hutchison. Alfredo Aceves will get the ball for the Sox. Here are the lineups. Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Kevin Youkilis, 3B David Ortiz, DH Darnell McDonald, LF Ryan Sweeney, RF Kelly Shoppach, C Mike Aviles, SS...
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