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08:09 AM ET 03.21 | So, who's in and who's out? When your top hitter (David Ortiz) is out for a while, then a lot goes into it. How do you protect your better hitters, such as Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli? Who replaces Ortiz? Red Sox manager John Farrell is getting closer to an everyday lineup, though he's still struggling with the second spot in the batting order against righthanders. ... The trick is finding someone to bat second who can hit righthanded pitchers. Normally, it would be a no-brainer that Pedroia would hit second, but without Ortiz, he'll be hitting third. One player making a case is [Daniel Nava], who went 1 for 3 batting second and playing first base Wednesday in a 4-0 loss to the Yankees.

The Boston Globe

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March 21, 2013  08:36 AM ET

This is going to be a long season in Boston and New York, hopefully there's no Heat Wave or Blackouts!!!

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March 21, 2013  09:50 AM ET

"he's still struggling with the second spot in the batting order against righthanders"

Sounds like the perfect spot for Jackie Bradley.

March 21, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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And why do you come to that conclusion?

Because he loves Zach Grienke.


And he's orange.

March 21, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Farrell looks a lot like Ortiz.

March 21, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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If Farrell was expecting to set his lineup around Ortiz he isn't any better than Valentine. Ortiz is done...DONE

Is that the truth?

March 21, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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Farrell looks a lot like Ortiz.

It's the Florida sun.

March 21, 2013  10:24 AM ET
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It's the Florida sun.

Must have stayed in line at Disney's Blizzard Beach - Pipeline Plummet. I got burnt to a crisp there.

March 21, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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Must have stayed in line at Disney's Blizzard Beach - Pipeline Plummet. I got burnt to a crisp there.

I got fried on a Key West beach one time. Couldn't sleep for two nights and couldn't walk normal for three days.

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March 21, 2013  12:10 PM ET
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If Farrell was expecting to set his lineup around Ortiz he isn't any better than Valentine. Ortiz is done...DONE

An injured Ortiz will flounder. If he gets his heel/tendon problems resolved, he still has plenty of mileage left on his odometer.

The reason not to worry is the unexpected, absolutely torrid spring bat of Bradley. Throw him in the mix, shirt the outfield around, put Gomes as DH, and you have a lineup that will leave Papi happily rehabbing until he's 100%. Good teams win not by the performance of their stars alone, but by the depth that allows their stars to remain healthy and/or rehabilitate from injury.

This may not be a championship team, but it will be a fun one to watch.

March 21, 2013  12:19 PM ET
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I got fried on a Key West beach one time. Couldn't sleep for two nights and couldn't walk normal for three days.

You should keep your drug and sex escapades a bit more on the down-low. What happens in Key West stays in Key West. ;)

March 21, 2013  12:39 PM ET

Has anyone signed Thome yet?

March 21, 2013  01:18 PM ET

The Sox have some batters coming out, such as Bradley, Napoli and others. If Will starts hitting like last year, they will have another effective, potentially potent, offense no matter what. Salty has been doing well hitting too. No mention of Ellsbury.... keeping a low profile on Ells it seems during spring training, perhaps, getting ready for a trade....

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March 21, 2013  03:18 PM ET

I can't believe that the Globe is suggesting that Nava is the answer to anything. He's a career scrub.

March 21, 2013  03:19 PM ET

Among Farrell's problems - the fact that acquisitions Overbay, Drew and Victorino have looked like crap - when they are healthy enough to play.

Based on his Spring performance teams are not lining up to trade for Ellsbury. More and more it looks like the Red Sox may have dodged a huge bullet when they didn't sign him to an expensive extension after the 2011 season. At the moment the only parties that believe Ellsbury is worth something are Scott Boras and the Red Sox front office.

March 21, 2013  04:04 PM ET
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The Sox have some batters coming out, such as Bradley, Napoli and others. If Will starts hitting like last year, they will have another effective, potentially potent, offense no matter what. Salty has been doing well hitting too. No mention of Ellsbury.... keeping a low profile on Ells it seems during spring training, perhaps, getting ready for a trade....

As a Sox fan love the optimism. As an objective observer you're nuts! This team will be luck to be mediocre.

 
March 21, 2013  07:07 PM ET

Unsettling is a good way to describe Farrell!

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