Another new-look outfield for Red Sox vs. Cubs

Another new-look outfield for Red Sox vs. Cubs
July 1, 2014, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON -- For the third consecutive game, the Red Sox will have a different look in the outfield. 
The arrival of Mookie Betts to the big-league roster has thrown the team's defensive alignment into some flux as manager John Farrell mixes and matches players to both provide the best offensive lineup while continuing to get a variety of players regular at-bats.
On Tuesday night against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson, Betts will play in right field and bat eighth. Jackie Bradley Jr. is back in center after a night off. Brock Holt, who played in right field alongside Betts in center on Monday, is over in left field.
The team also has Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes to try to work into the lineup. Over the course of five days, everyone should see repetitions, according to Farrell.
"We don't anticipate five days being too difficult to accomplish with everyone," he said. "We may get some spot starts at shortstop as well for Brock Holt, but we'll find a way to rotate guys through there."
Whether it's an even rotation or if the Sox settle on a few regulars will depend largely on how the different outfield candidates perform offensively.
As has been the case with Brock Holt -- a utility infielder until the team shifted him to the outfield to keep his bat in the lineup -- Farrell is willing to find ways to keep hot hitters hitting.
"We're finding ways to get guys on the field regularly and look for matchups where they may be best suited," Farrell said. "That's not just today, but maybe we'll see that tomorrow with [Cubs lefty Travis] Wood on the mound against us as well."
For Betts, it will be his first start in Fenway Park's expansive right field. He made his Major League debut in right at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night and played in center in the series opener with Chicago. 
He made four putouts relatively easily but seemed to lose a catchable one over his head that hit the base of the wall for a double.
"I think there was one ball he went back on it, I think it was just the unfamiliarity of Fenway," Farrell said. "The ball that hits off the bottom of the wall is a ball that typically will be caught. Confident that it will be with further repetition on his part."