Terry Francona does not have an easy job, as it's his responsibility to determine the best and most balanced lineup possible every night for the Red Sox.

His job has been made even tougher lately, as he's faced with the recent outstanding production of utility infielder Jed Lowrie. Though it was determined that Marco Scutaro would be the everyday shortstop before the start of the 2011 season, Lowrie made a case for himself as a legitimate option in the starting lineup.

"He's hit like crazy from both sides of the plate," Francona said before the first pitch on Thursday. "You want to keep guys productive, I don't think it's about keeping guys happy because I don't think you can do that all the time but I think we have a responsibility to keep guys productive."

Check out more from Francona with additional analysis on the Red Sox' shortstop situation from Boston Globe reporter Michael Vega in the video above from Red Sox First Pitch.