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Adrian Gonzalez expected to play right field again tonight

Jul 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

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Following last night’s win over the Astros, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the Boston Herald that he is leaning towards playing David Ortiz at first base tonight, which means Adrian Gonzalez will make another start in right field.

“If he plays (tonight), we’re looking at 13, 14, 15 (plate appearances), and we’re in good shape,” Francona said. “I feel good about David getting through this trip.”

Ortiz is 0-for-8 on the team’s current interleague road trip. He is hitless over his last 16 at-bats dating back to June 20.

Gonzalez played right field for the second time in his major league career Wednesday night against the Phillies. It was his first time playing the position since 2005 as a member of the Rangers. Gonzalez did jump to attempt to catch a fly ball hit by Chase Utley in the bottom of the eighth, but he didn’t make any putouts. It was largely uneventful and the Red Sox will hope for something similar tonight.

  1. Ari Collins - Jul 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Went fine the first time. Defensively, anyway.

  2. bigharold - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    I still want to know how gets fired if one of these guys lands on the DL over this move.

    • Jack Marshall - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      Nobody. If a major league player can’t play out of position for one game without getting hurt, it’s not the manager’s fault.

      • bigharold - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        Do you remember Chein-Ming Wang? He was doing something basic to any field game, .. running. He broke his foot and his career went out the window.

        Gonzalez might be a good 1B but he’s not a good OFer. Anybody remember Youkilis playing the OF, .. I do and it wasn’t pretty. Ortiz is a DH only because he’s not very good defensively. The RS can’t afford either of these guys if the expect to contend.

        You are correct that a MLB player should be able to play out of position for a few games it is also true that the RS should be able to beat the Astros without risking losing major components of their team too. If this was the WS I’d agree but this is too risky. Especially, for a guy that you just signed to a long term BIG MONEY deal to not play the OF.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    and if anyone does get hurt ortiz could just whip up one of those milkshakes that he makes and everyone will be fine and hitting 50+ Hr’s

    • Ari Collins - Jul 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      Oy. So he was drinking his “milkshake” this year? But not the two years before this? But the years before that? But not when he was with the Twins?

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 2, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      That’s a ridiculous statement dirtyharry- it’s perfectly reasonable to believe that a 35 yr old man could speed up his bat speed when he couldn’t catch up to a fastball a year and a half ago.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 2, 2011 at 7:54 PM

      Once again, our resident degenerate scumbag shows up to spew his vile venom at the Red Sox.

      Of course, you don’t actually ROOT for the Yankees…you root AGAINST the Sox. You seem to be consumed with an unhealthy amount of hatred and rage for this team.

      Did one of the Red Sox boink your wife or something?

      What a sad, pitiful existence.

    • bobwsc - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      and you defend clemens – you’re a complete joke

  4. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 2, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Yeah he just started drinking the new milkshake this year , its called ” the Curtis Granderson ” Shake . Tasty

  5. bobwsc - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    dirtyharry – is it cool in your mother’s basement this time of year?

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