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Adrian, Papi and the big Red Sox gamble

Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:16 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 10:12 pm
 
PHILADELPHIA -- It seems simple enough.

The Red Sox had one guy hitting .357, with 16 home runs and 71 RBI. They think he's the best hitter in baseball, and they want him in the lineup.

They had another guy hitting .311, with 17 home runs and 48 RBI. He's pretty important to them, too, and they want him in the lineup. Most of all, they don't want him sitting around for the better part of two weeks, losing any kind of rhythm he had at the plate.

And that's how the Red Sox got to where they were Wednesday against the Phillies, with Adrian Gonzalez playing right field (where they'd rather not play him) and David Ortiz playing first base (where no one really wants him to play).

"I told [second baseman Dustin Pedroia], 'Anything up there [in the air] is yours . . . and anything on the ground is yours, too,'" Ortiz said, before taking the field in a game for the first time this year. "I just have to make sure I catch the balls they throw to me."

"[Pedroia] is going to have to cover first base and right field," Gonzalez said, before heading to the outfield for the first time in six years. "Hopefully [starter John Lackey] gets a lot of strikeouts."

And the Red Sox were just hoping no one got hurt.

No one did get hurt, although it's hard to call the scheme a total success, as Gonzalez and Ortiz went a combined 1-for-8 and the Red Sox lost 2-1. Neither Ortiz nor Gonzalez played any significant role in the game on defense, either.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona has talked to Gonzalez numerous times about not trying to do anything extraordinary, and risking injury while he plays in the outfield. Gonzalez has told him repeatedly not to worry, but naturally the manager and the entire Red Sox staff will spend every minute Gonzalez is in the outfield worrying.

"I keep telling them if you fear getting hurt, you might as well not play," Gonzalez said.

It's all a little nuts, but Francona decided it was a better plan than having Ortiz (his regular DH) go through an entire nine-game interleague trip without ever starting a game. And a better plan than having Gonzalez, the leading hitter in the major leagues, sit out a game entirely so that Ortiz could play first base.

"He actually offered [to sit] Sunday [in Pittsburgh]," Francona said. "I said no."

Francona made no commitments as far as playing Gonzalez in the outfield in any of the final four games of this Red Sox road trip, which continues Thursday in Philadelphia and then this weekend in Houston. Ortiz said Wednesday night that he'd been told he's not playing Thursday, but that he didn't yet know about the weekend.

In any case, when Wednesday's game was over, Ortiz could joke about it. Asked how he felt standing at first when big Ryan Howard came to the plate for the Phillies, Ortiz said, "I had a little chat with him. I told him, 'I've got a family at home.'"
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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Adrian, Papi and the big Red Sox gamble

carlile, interesting you mention about a hole in the middle of Boston's lineup.  The Phils have had a hole in the number-five slot all season.  No one we put there hits, although some of the guys we put there hit when in other positions in the lineup.  Glad to hear we're not the only ones with such a problem.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Adrian, Papi and the big Red Sox gamble

Well, if the Phils can just keep on making contact, maybe they'll get a gift or two.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Adrian, Papi and the big Red Sox gamble

After yesterday's loose to the Philly's the hole in the middle of Bostons lineup was exposed. The Red Sox need big Papi's bat back in their lineup along with Gonzales and Youks. Hopefully nobody will get hurt and make to many errors at 1st base. Tito has got to be bald by now. With Peadroa and Ellsbury leading off they still should have enough fire power to score runs in bunches.



Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Adrian, Papi and the big Red Sox gamble

Somedody call the wah-bulance for red sox nation. All bat and no defense Papi is in.


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