Thursday, April 24, 2014
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell wants to see how Jackie Bradley plays left field (again) and how he hits against a quality left-hander.
That is why Bradley is starting today's 1 p.m. game against the Philadelphia Phillies and Cliff Lee. Bradley is batting seventh. Regular left fielder Jonny Gomes is the designated hitter.
The left-handed Bradley has been hitting well against both lefties and right-handers this spring. He also is a marvelous defender. And he looks to be forcing his way onto the major league round-up.
Farrell, who once was the farm director of the Cleveland Indians, has watched this scenario play out before - when Grady Sizemore burst on the scene for Cleveland.
For more on Bradley, see TODAY'S COLUMN.
And for a look at the Red Sox returning to their old (and successful) ways, see TODAY'S CENTERPIECE.
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Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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