John Farrell has been doing quite a bit of tweaking to the Boston Red Sox’s lineup this season, but Thursday’s batting order contained some more drastic changes.
The Red Sox skipper rolled out a lineup ahead of their game against the Minnesota Twins that saw Hanley Ramirez jump up to the No. 2 spot, while Mookie Betts dropped down to seventh and Mike Napoli slotted into the cleanup spot. Jerry Remy said on NESN’s “Red Sox Gameday Live” that he wondered if Farrell wanted Ramirez to see more fastballs, but the actual reasoning was far simpler.
“(Farrell) said, ‘No, we’re just trying to get our best hitters up to the top of the lineup and get them to the plate as many times as possible,'” Remy said. “With Ramirez hitting second, Betts moves down in the batting order like he did (Wednesday), so they can do some different things at the bottom of the order with hit-and-runs.”
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