July 20, 2013

On Baseball: Yet to be disarmed, Yankees still dangerous

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Workman's role will depend on the need this season, according to General Manager Ben Cherington.

"We absolutely believe he's a starter long-term," Cherington said, "but if the way he can help the team short-term is out of the pen, then that's what he'll do."

MIKE CARP got the start Saturday at first base, over Mike Napoli, and went 3-for-4.

Farrell said Carp was playing because Boston wanted another left-handed bat in the lineup against Hiroki Kuroda.

But, interestingly, the right-handed hitting Napoli also hits right-handed pitching better.

Napoli is batting .257 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI in 88 games (327 at-bats). He also has struck out 124 times.

Against lefties, Napoli has a .247 average and one home run. Against right-handers it's .281 with 10 home runs.

Carp features a .316 average with eight homers and 27 RBI in 53 games (136 at-bats).

Carp is hitting only .211 against lefties (4-for-19) with one homer. He's hitting .319 against right-handers.

Maybe Carp gets more playing time. Since June 28, Napoli is hitting .211 with two homers.

TV DOUBLEHEADER today with the Sea Dogs at 1 p.m. on NESN and the Red Sox at 8:05 p.m. on ESPN.

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