Boston Red Sox: Opening Day lineup with a twist

Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced his Opening Day lineup against left-hander C.J. Wilson and the American League defending champion Texas Rangers on Friday afternoon, April 1:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Carl Crawford LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Cameron RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Marco Scutaro SS

J.D. Drew will be sitting against Wilson, who held left-handed hitters to a .144 batting average in 2010. Drew has been especially vulnerable against lefties, and figures to be in a platoon situation for much of the season.

Cameron will have plenty of opportunities similar to Opening Day. Starting the season as the fourth outfielder, Cameron is the only right-handed hitter in the outfield, and will get plenty of playing time due to matchup opportunities.

Cameron is a career .269 hitter against lefties, with an .866 OPS, almost 150 points higher than against right-handed pitchers. The Red Sox will need every advantage they can off Wilson, who is absolutely nasty against left-handed hitters.

While Francona certainly could have opted to sit Ortiz as well, he knows that Opening Day is special, and a day that has special meaning to many of his veterans.

However, any other day and this would have been an entirely different lineup for the Sox.

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