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It seems that the Boston Red Sox are mulling a change to their infield ahead of tonight’s fifth game in the ALCS, with rookie star Xander Bogaerts in line to start his first postseason game. Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that it is ‘almost a guarantee’ that Bogaerts will start Thursday night’s contest as Jon Lester faces the Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez. Manager John Farrell admitted last night that the left side of the infield, consisting of Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew, had not been producing as hoped, and he hinted that Bogaerts could get the start.
Farrell on whether Bogaerts will start G5: “It’s something that’s being considered, for sure.” #RedSox #Tigers #ALCS
— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) October 17, 2013
Farrell didn’t say who the rookie would replace in the lineup, as he has played both positions in the regular season and the team would presumably be comfortable with him replacing either defensively. Lauber notes that Farrell attributed some of Drew’s poor performance to bad luck prior to Game Four and it was Middlebrooks who lost out on playing time earlier in the season when Jose Iglesias was playing well.
Bogaerts appeared as a substitute during Game Four and promptly sent a ground rule double bouncing over the right field fence in the top of the ninth, scoring when Jacoby Ellsbury tripled into the same corner moments later. In his brief postseason appearances thus far, the 21-year-old has that double, two walks and four runs scored over four PA and a pinch-running appearance. In contrast, Drew has just three hits and one walk over 29 PA and Middlebrooks is not much better, with four hits and three walks in 26 PA.
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