Mike Carp Replaces Shane Victorino In Red Sox’s Opening Day Lineup

Mike Carp, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike NapoliThe Boston Red Sox’s starting lineup already has been dealt a blow.

Shane Victorino was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday after straining his hamstring while running the bases in Saturday’s Grapefruit League finale against the Minnesota Twins. Jackie Bradley Jr. was recalled to take Victorino’s spot on Boston’s 25-man roster, but Mike Carp will be inserted into the Red Sox’s starting lineup for Monday’s regular-season opener against the Baltimore Orioles.

Carp will play left field and bat fifth. Daniel Nava, who will lead off against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, will shift over to right field in Victorino’s absence. Grady Sizemore, who won the center field job over Bradley, will bat sixth.

Xander Bogaerts will be the 10th shortstop to start on Opening Day for the Red Sox in the last 12 years. At 21 years and 181 days old, Bogaerts will be the youngest Red Sox shortstop to start on Opening Day in exactly a century.

Jon Lester will make his fourth consecutive Opening Day start.

Monday’s complete lineups are below.

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

Jon Lester, LHP

Baltimore Orioles
Nick Markakis, RF
J.J. Hardy, SS
Adam Jones, CF
Chris Davis, 1B
Nelson Cruz, LF
Matt Wieters, C
Delmon Young, DH
Ryan Flaherty, 3B
Jonathan Schoop, 2B

Chris Tillman, RHP

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