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Red Sox will play Adrian Gonzalez in outfield, David Ortiz at first

Jun 28, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

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Wednesday’s the day, according to the Boston Herald’s John Tomase.

With John Lackey on the mound, the Red Sox intend to start David Ortiz at first base and Adrian Gonzalez in the outfield in Wednesday’s game against the Phillies.

Tomase didn’t say which outfield position Gonzalez would play.  Left field would make more sense, given the Phillies’ reliance on left-handed hitters.

There’s really no chance the Red Sox would be trying this if their schedule didn’t have them playing nine straight games in NL parks.  A week and a half is just too long to have to limit Ortiz to pinch-hitting appearances.  The alignment switch Wednesday is as much about keeping him sharp as it is about trying to win a baseball game.

Because it’s pretty hard to imagine that the Red Sox are really better off taking such big defensive downgrades at two positions in order to make room for Ortiz.

Anyway, it should be entertaining.  Just in case there wasn’t already enough reason to watch what are arguably the two best teams in baseball face off.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    I really hope Gonzo doesn’t get hurt out there.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 28, 2011 at 11:22 PM

      Oswalt played left for a minute or two last year with no ill effects, so Gonzo should be able to suck it up.

      • bigharold - Jun 29, 2011 at 2:10 AM

        If either one of these guys ends up on the DL over this somebody should be fired. Risking one guy out of position and the other completely inadequate at defense is plain stupid for one game in late June.

        If this was the WS sure but inter-league in June, .. dumb.

  2. Ari Collins - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Adrian is a slow slow man. This should be… interesting.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:39 PM

      If Raul Ibanez and Pat Burrell can many left field at CBP, I’m sure Gonzalez will do just fine.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:39 PM

        That should read man not many. This blog really needs an edit function.

  3. Utley's Hair - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Why compromise both positions?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 28, 2011 at 8:49 PM

      I am at the game right now and let me tell you…the TV probably doesn’t convey the sheer suckitude of that McDonald guy at the plate. He had the balls to argue the strike three call with his .102 batting average.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 28, 2011 at 11:14 PM

        Well, the second hit Cliffy gave up pushed McDonald’s average back up over the Half-doza Line.

  4. pisano - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    I hope Papi doesn’t wind up in traction, not the most graceful guy even in his prime.

  5. riverace19 - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Hitting will always outweigh fielding in the major leagues. Always.

  6. frankvzappa - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    The Sox couldn’t put up enough run support to win with Lackey on the mound if there was an Adrian Gonzalez at every position.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:10 PM

      That’s why they’re 5-6 when he pitches, right? Somehow, I think A-Gon at every position would have them winning quite often no matter how lousy he pitches.

  7. aaronmoreno - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Gonna keep throwing out there that they should have thought of this beforehand for the World Series.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    last time i saw ortiz play the field he has that “exploding” glove moment at first, that was hillarous

  9. deathmonkey41 - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    I wouldn’t worry about him getting hurt- the same stuff that has him increasing his bat speed at 35 should also help him heal quicker.

    • kedaco - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      Boy u have that right!!!!! Sure hope the roids can help his fielding like they helped his hitting.

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