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Red Sox pay for moving Gonzalez to right

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08:12 AM ET 06.21 | The Red Sox pounded out a bunch of hits and a bunch of runs Wednesday night against Miami, but Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with zero RBIs. For the season Gonzalez has just five home runs through 67 games, and his .398 slugging percentage is 150 points lower than last season. [Bobby Valentine] was asked if everything involved with playing right field has affected Gonzalez's production at the plate. "Yes, it could have," Valentine said. "We've talked about that and we thought about that and we keep trying to do what's best for the team. We hope that Adrian adjusts any way that he can. He's been a terrific guy on this team, to make that kind of adjustment and do what's right for the team."

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June 21, 2012  08:20 AM ET

This is just the manager taking the heat off one of his players. The fact is that Gonzalez's power numbers have dropped considerably since the All star break last year, long before his games in RF.

June 21, 2012  08:29 AM ET

The home run derby killed him.

June 21, 2012  08:32 AM ET

The Home Run Derby ruined Josh Hamilton's swing for months. I'm sure the move was the best thing for Boston (can you imagine Ortiz in RF?), but it hasn't helped Gonzo.

June 21, 2012  08:34 AM ET

We'll see what happens after they move Youk and the daily lineup settles down somewhat.

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June 21, 2012  08:40 AM ET

It's not like Gonzolez was hitting up a storm before the move to right field, but as usual the media needs something to gripe at. Personally I think he's having an issue with his shoulder since he started last year great then really wore down. Plus he doesn't show much patience as a hitter but that happens to many that are slumping.

June 21, 2012  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The home run derby killed him.

His swing sure has looked weak since then.

June 21, 2012  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Good morning clem!

Good morning, good looking.

Doing my PBX duty today cause I'm taking tomorrow off.

June 21, 2012  08:45 AM ET

Seems awfully quiet around here this morning.

June 21, 2012  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

His swing sure has looked weak since then.

He is swinging at a lot of first pitches this year. I think it's all in his head. Perhaps Ortiz should show him the basics of hitting to the opposite field.

June 21, 2012  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Seems awfully quiet around here this morning.

Morning Catwoman, Clem

June 21, 2012  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Morning Catwoman, Clem

Morning Mongo, SPF15.

June 21, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Good morning Clem, Cat, Mongo

June 21, 2012  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Seems awfully quiet around here this morning.

It is early. Your unemployed friend took the hint yesterday.

June 21, 2012  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

It is early. Your unemployed friend took the hint yesterday.

It's just not the same without him ranting all over the place.

June 21, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Pretty lame excuse why the guys having a below average year at the plate....no worries though they still must have quite few games at Stinkee Stadium ...he'll be able hit a few pop ups out of there.....

June 21, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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It's just not the same without him ranting all over the place.

Yeah, I know. You don't know what you've got until its gone.

June 21, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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We'll see what happens after they move Youk and the daily lineup settles down somewhat.

move Youk??...couldn't move him with a bulldozer...<chuckle>

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