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Red Sox Spring Training 2012: Clay Buchholz Gets The Start Against Rays

The Red Sox are headed to Port Charlotte for their second spring training game against the Rays Sunday afternoon. First pitch is at 1:05, with the action broadcast on NESN.

Clay Buchholz will get the call to start the game for the Red Sox--his first official appearance since March 9, having pitched an intrasquad game rather than face the Yankees on March 13. Last time out against the Pirates, Buchholz allowed two runs in three innings of work.

Buchholz will be opposed by the Rays' newest young pitching phenom in Matt Moore. Rated the #2 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America headed into 2012, Moore is looking to deliver on his hype. In his only spring training appearance to date, Moore struck out three and walked one in the process of recording five outs against the Orioles.

The Sox were 5-0 winners in the last matchup between the two teams, but with a very diminished lineup, today's game might prove rather more difficult:

Boston Red Sox (8-4)

  1. Mike Aviles, SS
  2. Nick Punto, 2B
  3. Cody Ross, RF
  4. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  5. Josh Kroeger, DH
  6. Lars Anderson, 1B
  7. Jason Repko, CF
  8. Nate Spears, 3B
  9. Alex Hassan, LF
Tampa Bay Rays (4-9)
  1. Desmond Jennings, LF
  2. Luke Scott, DH
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Carlos Pena, 1B
  6. Jeff Keppinger, SS
  7. Matt Joyce, RF
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Sam Fuld, CF

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