Let’s get right to the point here, folks: Hanley can be a dog. He’s not always a dog and he is supremely, supremely talented, at least on offense. But there are times when Hanley simply does not want to play – or try – for whatever reason, and there simply may not be a more important player in the Boston lineup this season than the gifted, enigmatic, right-handed-hitting left fielder who will likely be nestled in Boston’s cleanup spot.
Boy that all sounds familiar.
Batting fourth, the left fielder, Ramirez.
Get ready for Hanley being Hanley.
Much has been made of the Red Sox’ revamped lineup this offseason and spring, and most of it is with good reason. Following a season in which the Red Sox finished 11th in the American League in runs scored, 13th in batting average and 13th in OPS, the Sox went out and spent $183 million on Nos. 4 and 5 hitters Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval "
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