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Shane Victorino set for first spring training start

03.10.14 at 8:34 am ET

Shane Victorino will play in his first game of spring training when the Red Sox host the Rays on Monday afternoon, although he will not bat leadoff, deferring to Grady Sizemore.

The 33-year-old right fielder is taking it slow in Florida after having offseason thumb surgery.

The switch-hitting Victorino is considering hitting exclusively from the right side this season. A natural righty hitter, Victorino batted lefty just six times from Aug. 9 until the end of the last season and was very productive (.301/.378/.516).

Here is the Red Sox‘ lineup for Monday’s game, with left-hander Jon Lester scheduled to start on the mound.

Grady Sizemore, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Daniel Nava, LF
Shane Victorino, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Will Middlebrooks, 3B

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