Dustin Pedroia Leading Off, Carl Crawford Batting Second Against Twins


March 26, 2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Dustin Pedroia gets a rare chance to bat leadoff when the Red Sox try to wrap up the Mayor’s Cup against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury will get the night off, bumping Pedroia up a notch and sliding Carl Crawford to the two-hole and Kevin Youkilis to the third spot in the lineup.

Adrian Gonzalez, who is batting cleanup, will be playing in back-to-back big league games for the first time this spring. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in an 11-8 loss to Toronto on Friday.

Darnell McDonald takes over for Ellsbury in center field. Mike Cameron will play right field, as J.D. Drew gets a night off after going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.

With Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound for Boston, here is the complete batting order for both teams:

Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Carl Crawford, LF
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Cameron, RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Jed Lowrie, SS
Darnell McDonald, CF


Denard Span, CF
Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, DH
Delmon Young, LF
Jason Kubel, RF
Michael Cuddyer, 1B
Danny Valencia, 3B
Alexi Casilla, SS

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