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MESA, Ariz. — Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce will start the season on the injured list, second baseman Dustin Pedroia will start in the Red Sox’s spring training finale against the Chicago Cubs and right-hander Rick Porcello survived a scare after getting hit in the head by a line drive on Monday.

Pearce to start on the injured list

Pearce, the 2018 World Series MVP, left an exhibition game last weekend due to discomfort. Boston manager Alex Cora told reporters Monday that Pearce is going to start the season on the injured list and right-hander Sam Travis will start in his place.

“He’s been swinging the bat, he plays first, he’s a right-handed hitter,” Cora said of Travis. “It seems like we’re going to face a lot of lefties on the West Coast. Having a right-handed bat would help us out.”

Pearce, also a right-handed hitter, normally platoons with lefty-hitting Mitch Moreland at first.

“It’s just a matter of how [Pearce] feels moving around,” Cora said earlier Monday. “We’re not going to push him. We have to be smart about this. Just to push him out there because it’s

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