Kendrick will start Monday's Grapefruit League game against Baltimore, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

Kendrick's 1.50 ERA in 18 spring innings (16 strikeouts) has grabbed some headlines in light of recent injuries to David Price (elbow) and Drew Pomeranz (triceps). His start Monday is thus being viewed as an audition for an Opening Day rotation spot. If the Red Sox are thinking about having both Price and Pomeranz begin April on the disabled list, Kendrick is the clear option for an available spot in the rotation. He's easily outpitched the other candidates (Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, Roenis Elias), so presumably only an injury would keep him from being the first choice.

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