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As David Ortiz’s last Opening Day arrives, David Price’s first as a Red Sox has finally arrived as well. After signing a 7-year, $217 million deal with the Red Sox this winter, Price is ready to take the mound and be the ace the Red Sox have been needing.
The Price and the Red Sox will be facing Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians today. As manager John Farrell returns to the dugout, the Red Sox look to build off a solid end of the season last year, and will look to go from worst to first. The lineup for today will look like the following:
As Pedroia and Ramirez look to regain form from an injury-plagued season last year, Bogaerts and Betts look to continue their dominance from their breakout years. What everyone is really watching is if we will see Pablo Sandoval play in a Red Sox uniform ever again or if the “Mayor of Ding-Dong City,” Travis Shaw will be the long-term solution at third base. Since 2010 the Red Sox have had 12 different third basemen ranging from 2010 All Star Adrián Beltré to the disappointing Will Middlebrooks. Hopefully Shaw will the solution the Red Sox have been looking for as, in 65 games last season, he hit 13 home runs, 36 RBIs, 10 doubles, a .270 batting average, and a .327 on-base percentage.
Trevor Nataupsky ’19 is a sports writer for The Hub. He can be followed on Twitter at @TheBigTuna511.