Gonzalez will bat third and play right field for Boston in Friday’s series opener with the Cubs, the 16th time the first baseman has shifted to right this season. He has two errors in 20 chances in his previous 15 games in right, also recording an assist.
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It has been a rough year for Gonzalez at the plate, batting just .267 with five home runs, and in 28 games batting third Gonzalez is hitting just .263. Three of his five long balls have come out of the three-spot in the order.
With Gonzalez in the outfield, that makes room for David Ortiz to play first. When the Red Sox visited Wrigley in 2005, Ortiz was 2-for-9 in the two games he played, with both of those hits home runs. Kevin Youkilis will bat fifth and play third.
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Scott Podsednik will lead things off for Boston, who is hitting .364 (12-for-33) in the one-slot "
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