Bogaerts gets first Fenway start against O's

Bogaerts gets first Fenway start against O's
August 28, 2013, 5:15 pm
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BOSTON -- Xander Bogaerts will get his first career Fenway Park at-bat on Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles. He gets the start at third base and will hit ninth, replacing Will Middlebrooks, who gets the night off.

Towards the end of Bogaerts' minor-league season in Triple-A Pawtucket, the shortstop saw some time at third base.

The reports from PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina on his limited third-base experience?

"A work in progress, particularly on the long and short hop, depending upon the speed of the runner," said Red Sox manager John Farrell before Wednesday's game. "Because there's different footwork that will be executed in reading that hop. And with just a handful of games [at third], there's limited opportunities. So, the early work was critical in him getting comfortable over there.

"But he's such a good athlete and he's got that internal clock that we saw on the play at shortstop the other night out in LA, where, Puig is flying down the line and he doesn't waste movement, he uses the ground to skip a throw. So he's got that instinct, but the repetition at third -- just because he's been a shortstop his whole career -- that's a little bit on the short end."