Mookie Betts will bat second for the first time in a Boston Red Sox uniform.
The rookie outfielder has seen his playing time increase since he was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Jackie Bradley Jr. Betts has made the most of it, smacking his first career grand slam Friday night in an 8-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
With Dustin Pedroia out of the lineup after being elbowed in the head, Betts has the chance to bat in the potent top half of Boston’s lineup.
Just because Betts is higher in the batting order, though, doesn’t mean he’ll change his approach at the plate.
“Just the same thing I’ve been doing,” Betts told NESN’s Gary Striewski before Sunday’s game. “Just go out and have some good at-bats, the same way when I batted seventh and eighth.”
The 21-year-old appeared to adjust well, smacking an RBI single in the fifth inning Sunday to give Boston a 2-0 lead.
Hear more from Betts before the game in the video above.