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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Lineups for doubleheader vs. NU, BC

By Gordon Edes

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Looks like Boston College got the short end of this stick.

The Red Sox PR staff sent out the lineups for Thursday's traditional doubleheader against their college neighbors, Northeastern University in the first game, BC in the second.

Most of the Sox regulars are scheduled to play in the first game against NU, the irregulars in the second against BC.

But before anyone gets too worked up, the Sox this year have changed the format for the doubleheader. Instead of a split day-night affair with separate admission, this year the Sox are staging a conventional single-admission doubleheader, with the second game scheduled to follow soon after the completion of the first.

Used to be you'd pay half price for one game or the other. BC fans, if they are intent on seeing their favorite Sox stars, are in for a longer day than their NU counterparts.

OK, enough of that. Here are the lineups:

1:35 p.m. vs. NU
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Shane Victorino, RF
Jonny Gomes, LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DH
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Stephen Drew, SS
Lyle Overbay, 1B
David Ross, C
Joel Hanrahan, RHP

Game 2 vs. BC
Justin Henry, RF
Brock Holt, SS
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Mauro Gomez, 1B
Jeremy Hazelbaker, LF
Xander Bogaerts, 3B
Jonathan Diaz, 2B
Daniel Butler, C
David Renfroe, DH
Koji Uehara, RHP

The bonus for those who stay for the second game is they will get their first glimpse of top prospects Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

Pitching plans for each game after Joel Hanrahan starts against NU, Koji Uehara vs. BC:

Vs. NU:
Daniel Bard, RHP
Andrew Miller, LHP
Alex Wilson, RHP
Clayton Mortensen, RHP
Pedro Beato, RHP
Anthony Carter, RHP

Vs. BC
Andrew Bailey, RHP
Oscar Villarreal, RHP
Terry Doyle, RHP
Jose De La Torre, RHP
Junichi Tazawa, RHP