DETROIT -- The Sox haven't taken advantage of Miguel Cabrera's lower-half injury by bunting on him in the first two games, but Red Sox manager John Farrell says there are reasons for that.
"Against the guys who were bunting threats," said Farrell, "[Cabrera's] been damn near even with the mound. He's 45 feet from home plate in some cases. In that way, we're probably more willing to try to hit a ball by him rather than try to what would be his own self-imposed shift."
Additionally, there are some hitters in the lineup who aren't good bunters.
"Yes [that's a factor]," said Farrell. "Plus, we've been facing guys who are throwing in the mid- and upper-90s. To think, 'Let's just go ahead and bunt it . . . ' I mean, it's not that [expletive] easy. And outside of (players like Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino and Jacoby Ellsbury), we're not going to ask somebody come out of their game."