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Red Sox lineup: Blake Swihart catches Clay Buchholz

04.12.16 at 3:38 pm ET
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Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart

With another righty on the mound for the opposition — as Mike Wright starts for the Orioles Tuesday night at Fenway Park — John Farrell sends out the same lineup he executed in the home opener, Monday.

With Buchholz on the mound, Blake Swihart once again gets the start at catcher, with Ryan Hanigan slated to team up with Wednesday’s starting pitcher, Joe Kelly.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup in the second game of the three-game set:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Blake Swihart C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

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Will John Farrell keep pinch-hitting for Travis Shaw?

04.12.16 at 11:32 am ET
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John Farrell

John Farrell

Forget about David Price, Craig Kimbrel or the pomp and circumstance that came with the 2015 Fenway Park Opening Day. It was John Farrell’s late-inning approach that dominated the conversation after the Red Sox’ 9-7 loss the Orioles heading into Tuesday.

For the third time this season, Farrell chose to pinch-hit Chris Young for Travis Shaw. It was also the second time this season he has executed the maneuver as early as the sixth inning.

The first time the move worked perfectly, with Young doubling off of Cleveland lefty Ross Detwiler in the sixth. Friday night, the results weren’t as positive, with the righty hitter striking out with the two men on against Toronto southpaw Brett Cecil. (It was a move that Blue Jays manager John Gibbons later admitted he didn’t expect.)

And that brings us to Monday.

With the Orioles holding a one-run lead in the sixth, and Baltimore manager Buck Showalter choosing to start the inning with lefty T.J. McFarland, Farrell chose to replace Shaw with Young once again. The outfielder would pop up to first. But that was just started the debate.

With the game tied in the seventh, Farrell elected not to use Pablo Sandoval to pinch-hit for Young against Baltimore right-hander Mychal Givens.

This was Farrell’s explanation after the game: “With the left-handed closer in [Zach] Britton, that was the swing decision. It’s an aggressive move in the sixth inning but the way the wind is blowing, the way the ball is carrying, looking for spots for Chris Young against the left-hander, that was it, knowing that Britton is going to close that game out, if they were to take the lead.”

Would it have been worth it to let Shaw get the two more at-bats and then bring on Young vs. Britton if the occasion came up in the ninth (which it didn’t)? Or how about the idea of using Rusney Castillo, who hit .318 against lefties in 94 plate appearances last season, in that spot against the Baltimore closer?

Farrell clearly identifies Young the kind of weapon against lefties he previously has never had, which is why the manager came out of the gate proclaiming the outfielder would start against every southpaw starter.

And even though Shaw hit .329 with a .975 OPS in 85 plate appearances against left-handers last season, Farrell prioritizes keeping lefty-hitting Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. in the game, particularly since both also hit better than .300 against lefties in 2015.

But the question now has to be surfaced: Will Farrell continue this strategy?

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Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Sam Travis smacks first Triple-A home run

04.12.16 at 10:53 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

Sam Travis

Sam Travis

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (2-3): L, 6-3, vs. Scranton (Yankees)

— Designated hitter Sam Travis had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-4 while launching a solo home run in the ninth inning — the first for him in a Triple-A game. The 22-year-old Travis turned heads in spring training with the Red Sox this year, batting .469 with two home runs, two doubles, 13 RBIs and four runs scored. He was a second-round pick for the Red Sox in 2014, coming out of Indiana University.

— While Travis’ contribution was too little, too late for the PawSox, shortstop Marco Hernandez (Boston’s No. 13 prospect on MLB.com) got the offense going in the fifth inning when he knocked in two runs with a single to right field. This was his lone hit of the day, as he struck out twice. Left fielder Chris Marrero was 2-for-4, while first baseman Chris Dominguez had a double — the only extra-base hit for the PawSox outside of the home run.

— Catcher Christian Vasquez cooled off after a hot start on his rehab assignment in Triple-A. He went 0-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout, while also making a throwing error behind the plate.

— Starting Pitcher Brian Johnson (Boston’s No. 3 prospect on MLB.com) had a solid outing but still got the loss. He went four innings, allowing five hits, one earned run and one walk while striking out four. He threw 76 pitches. Right hander Roman Mendez struggled in relief, allowing five earned on four hits (including a home run). He walked two and struck out two. The PawSox bullpen threw a scoreless final three innings and allowed only one hit. Reliever Anthony Varvaro threw two perfect innings and struck out two, while Heath Hembree allowed one hit in his inning of work, striking out one.

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Mike Wright

04.12.16 at 7:36 am ET
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Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz will make his second start of the season on Tuesday at Fenway Park. He is set to square off against young Orioles righty Mike Wright.

In his first start of the season last Wednesday, Buchholz was hit hard by the Indians. He lasted only four-plus innings, allowing five earned runs (four in the first frame) on six hits. He struck out four and walked three in a game the Red Sox would go on to lose 7-6.

“I think most of it was fastball location,” Buchholz said after the game. “I threw some really good offspeed pitches for first pitches and they had some good takes. With a team that you think is going to go out there swinging early, you try to get them to mis-hit some balls with the changeups and curveballs early in the count. The pitches that I threw where I wanted to that were balls, you usually get a lot of swings and misses or weak contact off, they didn’t offer at them. It left me behind in the count for the most part and having to throw strikes with the fastball when you’re not commanding it all that well. That’s how it goes.”

In 18 career starts against the Orioles, Buchholz is 10-5 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.359 WHIP, recording 85 strikeouts and 46 walks.

Mike Wright

Mike Wright

Wright will be making his 2016 debut Tuesday, after the game he was scheduled to start on Saturday was postponed due to bad weather. He got his first taste of major league hitting last season, making nine starts and going 3-5 with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.567 WHIP, recording 26 strikeouts and 18 walks. He started out by going 2-0 with 1.40 ERA, including a stretch of 14 1/3 scoreless innings, but went 0-5 with a 10.88 ERA over his last six starts (he also made three relief appearances).

He now has a spot in the crowded and unclear back end of the Orioles rotation, which still is being sorted out. Wright had to earn his place with the pitching staff throughout spring training.

“Usually, the guys that are working on stuff, they have a spot,” Wright said after a solid spring training outing. “I don’t have a guaranteed spot, so to get the results is huge, because even though you’re doing your part — you’re making your pitches — if you’re giving up runs, it doesn’t look good to put you on the roster. To get the results is good for confidence and it makes me feel better going home tonight.”

Wright lost his only career start against the Red Sox, allowing six runs on six hits and one walk and striking out one in a 10-1 loss on Sept. 16 at Camden Yards. He lasted just three innings during the outing.

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David Ortiz: ‘I was more nervous during [national anthem] than any at-bat I ever had in my career’

04.11.16 at 7:32 pm ET
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It seems nothing gets to David Ortiz.

With all the clutch hits he’s had over the course of his career, which includes three World Series titles and even speaking to Fenway Park and the City of Boston following the Marathon bombings three years ago, nothing seemed to phase the slugger and make him nervous.

Until Monday and his final home opener as a member of the Red Sox.

With Ortiz retiring at the end of the season, the Red Sox surprised him and had his 15-year-old daughter Alex sing the national anthem. It visibly touched Ortiz and he was seen shedding a few tears while standing on the first-base line with the rest of his team.

“I’m not going to lie to you, I was more nervous during that time than any at-bat I ever had in my career, and it wasn’t even about me,” Ortiz said. “It was about her. Whoever has kids knows how that goes. When you are watching your kid performing anything. That was like my first big moment watching one of my child doing something pretty big. Now I understand my dad, my family, my mom when she used to watch me, I know they all used to be very nervous and stuff and now I get it.”

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David Price disappointed following no-decision in Red Sox home opener

04.11.16 at 7:15 pm ET
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David Price allowed more than three runs for the first time at Fenway Park in his career. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

David Price allowed more than three runs for the first time at Fenway Park in his career. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

It wasn’t how it was supposed to go.

In making his first start at Fenway Park as a member of the Red Sox, David Price entered with a 1.95 ERA in his first 11 starts at Fenway, but Monday afternoon was a different story.

Price allowed five runs on five hits lasting just five innings taking a no-decision in the Red Sox’ 9-7 loss to the Orioles.

Although he wasn’t sharp all game long, it really only came down to just one bad inning — the third inning. The left-hander allowed five runs in the frame with the big blow being a three-run home run by Mark Trumbo.

“It’s kind of been my Achilles heel — having that one bad inning,” Price said. “That’s all it takes in this game. It can be one pitch and today it was just that one bad inning.”

The outing marked the first time Price had allowed more than three runs in an outing at Fenway and just the second time allowing more than two runs. Before today, Price had allowed 16 earned runs in 74 innings and Monday he allowed five earned runs in the first three innings.

Price left the game after the fifth inning with the score being knotted at five as the Red Sox were able to battle back from a 5-2 deficit. The Red Sox did spot Price three runs in the bottom of the first, but he and the team couldn’t hold the lead for long.

The lefty needed 103 pitches to get through five innings and this comes following his Opening Day start against the Indians where he needed 103 pitches to get through six innings, which isn’t exactly efficient.

“I am not concerned. It’s execution,” Price said. “When I go out there and execute, I can pitch deep into that ballgame. That’s definitely something I take pride in and I haven’t done that through two starts, but that is something I will look forward to doing in five days.”

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Closing Time: David Price, Craig Kimbrel struggle in home opener as Red Sox fall to Orioles

04.11.16 at 5:31 pm ET
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Red Sox fans came to Fenway Park excited to see the two big newcomers — David Price and Craig Kimbrel — but they left the park wishing they chose another game to see the new acquisitions for the first time.

With Price and Kimbrel being the major reasons why, the Red Sox fell to the Orioles 9-7 in the home opener Monday afternoon.

With the game knotted at 6 in the top of the ninth inning, Kimbrel walked two batters before allowing a three-run homer to Chris Davis, which was crushed to dead-center field.

Mookie Betts hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and then the Red Sox had the game-winning run at the plate with two runners on in David Ortiz with no outs, but he hit into a double play. The next batter Hanley Ramirez was retired to end the game.

“I can only speak for what went through my head, and it was alike a fate/destiny thing — his last home opener, what a way to end it,” Betts said about when Ortiz stepped to the plate. “I was fully confident in his ability to hit it out of the park as well as hit a base hit. He hit the ball well, but they were able to make a diving play. I was very confident at that time.”

The Orioles are now 6-0 and the only unbeaten team in baseball.

Price didn’t have his A-game either in his first start at Fenway Park as a member of the Red Sox, especially in the third inning when he allowed a three-run homer to Mark Trumbo. The left-hander allowed a two-run single to Davis in the at-bat before, as the Orioles led 5-2 after the inning.

“It’s kind of been my Achilles heel — having that one bad inning,” Price said. “That’s all it takes in this game. It can be one pitch and today it was just that one bad inning.”

The new Red Sox left-hander didn’t have the best command in the game as he threw 104 pitches in five innings of work. Overall, Price went five innings and allowed five earned runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out eight. Despite the lack of command, he did record 20 swing-and-misses.

Closing Time note

Before today, Price had allowed 16 earned runs in 74 innings at Fenway Park. Monday, he allowed five earned runs in the first three innings.

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David Price leaves with game tied after 5 innings

04.11.16 at 4:11 pm ET
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David Price

David Price

David Price didn’t exactly turn in the ace-like performance the sellout crowd at Fenway Park anticipated.

Making his Fenway debut as a member of the Red Sox, Price lasted just five innings in his outing against the Orioles, allowing five runs on five hits. The lefty struck out eight and walked two.

All five of the runs off Price came in the third inning, with Mark Trumbo’s three-run homer into the Red Sox bullpen serving as the biggest blow.

The Sox starter left with the scored knotted at 5.

It marked just the ninth time in Price’s career that he had thrown as many as 104 pitches while pitching five or fewer innings. The last time he has such an outing came on June 13, 2012, allowing seven runs over five innings in a loss to the Mets.

Coming into Monday, Price was 2-23 in regular-season games when allowing five or more runs.

The lefty was relieved by Matt Barnes, who gave up back-to-back doubles from J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop to start the sixth, giving the Orioles a one-run lead.

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Photos: Red Sox home opener 2016

04.11.16 at 3:45 pm ET
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The Red Sox home opener ceremonies featured Bobby Orr, Bill Russell, David Ortiz’s daughter and more. Check out all our photos from the day here.

David Ortiz hugs his daughter, Alex, after she surprised him and sang the national anthem. (WEEI.com)

David Ortiz hugs his daughter, Alex, after she surprised him and sang the national anthem. (WEEI.com)

David Ortiz’s daughter, Alexandra, after she sings national anthem: ‘He told me to never surprise him like that again’

04.11.16 at 3:20 pm ET
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David Ortiz's daughter, Alex, sang the national anthem Monday. (WEEI.com)

David Ortiz’s daughter, Alex, sang the national anthem Monday. (WEEI.com)

With all due respect to Bill Russell, Bobby Orr and Ty Law, the star of the home-opening pregame ceremonies at Fenway Park on Monday was Alexandra Ortiz.

David Ortiz’s 15-year-old daughter brought the house down and her father to tears with her beautiful rendition of the national anthem, which was a surprise for her famous dad in his final home opener.

“I wanted him to be emotional,” Alexandra said. “Somebody told me that he cried and I was like, ‘Yes!’ I didn’t know if it was that a terrible thing.”

Alexandra credited her chorus teacher for encouraging her to surprise her dad with the song. She has spent the last few weeks practicing while her father was at spring training. She tricked him on Monday by sitting with Pedro Martinez’s wife, Carolina, making it appear as if she were just taking in her dad’s final home opener.

“I’m pretty proud of myself,” she said. “My mom said that she was proud of me. I was pretty proud.”

Alexandra described the experience as a whirlwind. “It honestly happened so fast, I only have hearsay to guide me on what actually happened,” she said. “It’s still hitting me, to be honest. I think I’ll probably just start crying when I get home. In a good way.”

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