While Jackie Bradley Jr. is seen as Ellsbury’s replacement in center, the Red Sox are without a true leadoff hitter as spring games get underway. The Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s The Adam Jones Show on Thursday to discuss Boston’s issues atop their lineup, and who could fill the void left by Ellsbury.
“It’s going to be interesting. If I’m Farrell I use a combination there. The [Shane] Victorino and [Daniel] Nava combo, with Nava playing against righties and Victorino against lefties may be the best way to go,” said Lauber. “I don’t know if that’s how they’ll do it; ultimately they might prefer to have one guy up there once they get deep enough into the season.”
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Both players led off for Boston a few times in 2013, with Victorino going 7-for-36 (.194) with seven runs and a walk atop Boston’s lineup, with Nava going 11-for-38 (.289) with eight runs scored and a walk "
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