Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/24/12
There's been heaps of criticism concerning Bobby Valentine's managerial decisions this season. At times, it's been warranted. But there's one move the Red Sox skipper made that has paid off handsomely – that's been tapping Mike Aviles to hit leadoff. Since filling in for Jacoby Ellsbury, the shortstop has been crushing the ball for Boston, going 15-for-40 with three homers. He savored his best game in the 11-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday, tallying a 4-for-5 performance with one long ball and two RBIs. His two doubles also ignited the Red Sox' rallies en route to crossing home plate...

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