Farrell: No Leading Off For Sizemore; Will Hit In Middle Of Red Sox Lineup

March 27, 2014 9:05 PM
Farrell: No Leading Off For Sizemore; Will Hit In Middle Of Red Sox Lineup
" BOSTON (CBS) — Grady Sizemore will likely be the Red Sox’ starting center fielder come opening day on Monday, but he won’t be the first batter to step to the plate when Boston begins their World Series defense.

Manager John Farrell announced Thursday that if Sizemore makes the opening day roster, he will hit somewhere in the middle of the lineup. Seeing how he is batting .306 in 11 games this spring, Sizemore is pretty much a lock to make the team.

But Farrell will go with either Daniel Nava, Shane Victorino or even Jonny Gomes in the leadoff spot, depending on matchups, hoping it allows Sizemore a little more of a cushion as he returns to baseball after a two-plus year absence due to injuries.

“We look at those top spots in the lineup as on-base (ability) being the most important (factor),” Farrell told reporters on Thursday, according to CSNNE ’s Sean McAdam "

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