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Stephen Drew is batting eighth for the Red Sox tonight

Jun 2, 2014, 3:50 PM EST

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After sitting out the first two months of the season and then re-signing with Boston on a one-year, $10.1 million contract Stephen Drew is making his 2014 debut tonight, playing shortstop and batting eighth for the Red Sox.

Drew hit eighth for most of last season too, logging 236 of his 501 plate appearances there and getting twice as many starts there (60) as any other spot (28, batting seventh).

Xander Bogaerts, who had been the Red Sox’s everyday shortstop in Drew’s absence, is sliding over to third base, where he’s played just nine games in the majors and 10 games in the minors.

  1. papajack1259 - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    I wonder if the Sox wish they held off since the kids played great over the weekend? If Drew has he has a carrear year and bats 260 50 RBIs 7 homers Cherington will look pretty smart. I still say there is a trade brewing in Beantown what part this Drew plays is …well..can not seem to understand

  2. tfbuckfutter - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Hoo-ray.

    That will definitely get them out of this terrible 7 game slump they’ve been in.

    This is as exciting as seeing him in the batter’s box every single time during the playoffs.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 2, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      I bet that you would prefer to see him bat 10th or lower.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 2, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        I’d rather see him bat 3rd.

        For Pittsburgh. Or Kansas City. Or San Fransisco.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    I take it you’re using the term “batting” exceedingly loosely.

  4. 18thstreet - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Our long national nightmare is almost over.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    He was 0 for 2 with a walk tonight. His on base percentage is .333.

    On the other hand, the win streak did end during his first game of the season.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      And the only offense came from the two guys he’ll be siphoning playing time from.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Although his OPS very briefly stood at 1.000

      So that had to be a first for him.

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