David Ortiz Sits; Brock Holt Makes First Start For Red Sox vs. Orioles

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Brock HoltDavid Ortiz will watch from the dugout for just the second time this season when the Boston Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night at Fenway Park.

Ortiz has started in 15 of 16 games for the Red Sox this season and played in all 16, having entered as a pinch-hitter in the Red Sox’s April 5 contest against the Milwaukee Brewers.

On the other end of the spectrum is third baseman Brock Holt, who will make his first start of the season after being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. Infielder Ryan Roberts has been designated to Pawtucket to make room for Holt.

Mike Napoli will get a break from the field Friday, replacing Ortiz as the designated hitter and batting fourth, while Mike Carp will make his first start of the season at first base and bat fifth.

A.J. Pierzynski will be back behind the plate to catch starting pitcher John Lackey, who’s hoping to rebound after a tough outing against the New York Yankees last weekend.

Check out the full lineups for both teams below.

Boston Red Sox (7-9)
Grady Sizemore, LF
Daniel Nava, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Mike Napoli, DH
Mike Carp, 1B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Brock Holt, 3B

John Lackey, RHP (2-1, 3.86 ERA)

Baltimore Orioles (7-7)
Nick Markakis, RF
Delmon Young, LF
Chris Davis, 1B
Adam Jones, CF
Nelson Cruz, DH
Matt Wieters, C
J.J. Hardy, SS
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B
Jonathan Schoop, 3B

Chris Tillman, LHP (1-1, 0.84 ERA)

Aetna Strikeouts for A Cause

For every strikeout by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park in June, Aetna will donate $250 to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Through June 25, the donation mark stands at $30,000.

Through their continued efforts in the local community, Aetna is helping to build a healthier world -- one city and one strikeout at a time.

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