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Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia starts on bench, Xander Bogaerts leads off

04.18.17 at 3:38 pm ET
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TORONTO — Dustin Pedroia might not play every game this season, after all.

The Red Sox second baseman starts the Red Sox’ series opener on the bench, with Marco Hernandez getting the nod at second base against Toronto starter Marcus Stroman. Xander Bogaerts takes Pedroia’s spot at the top of the lineup.

“We’re in a stretch of I think 30 of 31. His been in all 13 games,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell of Pedroia. “We come off a stretch where we’ve had so many different start times and just felt like today was a day to keep Marco rotating through the infield somewhat and give him a day down.”

Here is the entire Red Sox’ batting order, with Brian Johnson getting the nod for the visitors:

Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi CF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Chris Young LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez 2B

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