Friday, March 7, 2014
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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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