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Ortiz, Pedroia could split three-hole


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Manager John Farrell still has a while to make out his Opening Day lineup for April 1 at Yankee Stadium, but he has come clear ideas on how the lineup could shake out.

Look for David Ortiz to open the season batting third against right-handers. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia will bat in front of him. Against lefties, Shane Victorino figures to bat second with Dustin Pedroia batting third.

"If I was to sketch something out, it would be David [hitting third] against right-handers and it might be Pedroia against left-handers," said Farrell. "That way it puts Victorino in the two-hole against some left-handed pitching to take advantage of his splits. The guy that obviously has a lot of production against lefties is [Jonny] Gomes as well. There's thought and variations to it, but that's one of them."

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