Farrell gives struggling Bradley Jr. night off

Farrell gives struggling Bradley Jr. night off
May 17, 2014, 6:00 pm
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BOSTON - Jackie Bradley Jr. sported an awesome afro prior to Saturday night's game against the Tigers.

But unless he's used as a defensive replacement at some point, it's unlikely many fans will get a good look at it.

Bradley is getting the night off - and it's probably a good thing. While he's doing fine in the field, he's struggling at the plate. He went 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts Friday night to lower his batting average to .200. In the month of May, Bradley is hitting .128 with a .226 on-base percentage and .170 slugging mark.


"He's been going at it every day," John Farrell said. "And he's done a very good job defensively. Offensively there's been some times he's been challenged. We're well aware of the swing and miss that's shown up here as of late. So a chance to regroup here a little bit and see where we are tomorrow."

After Friday's game, Bradley told WEEI.com, "It is very frustrating. I'm lost. I'm not getting the results that I want and I'm sure it's not the results they want."

Farrell said on Saturday that he saw the comments Bradley Jr. made.

"I think anytime a player speaks that candidly about what he's feeling, I think there's an opportunity to give him a little bit of a breather, and take a game in and kind of just catch his breath so to speak. It's not uncommon for players to go through the peaks and valleys we've seen, but this was someone that in my view I felt like throughout April was really making some strides with his approach, and yet in this month things have kind of turned a little bit. So we're not down on his abilities, but I think we've got recognize when some of that confidence gets a little bit shallow, we've got to give it a chance to rebuild."

Grady Sizemore gets the start in center field and will bat fifth, while Shane Victorino returns to right field and bats second. Mike Carp again gets the start in left field, his third in a row, and will bat from the sixth spot behind Mike Napoli.

Here are each team's full lineups:

Boston Red Sox (20-21)

Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Shane Victorino, RF
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Napoli, 1B
Grady Sizemore, CF
Mike Carp, LF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Brock Holt, 3B

John Lackey, RHP (5-2, 3.57 ERA)


Detroit Tigers (25-12)
 
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Torii Hunter, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
Austin Jackson, CF
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Alex Avila, C
Andrew Romine, SS
Rajai Davis, LF

Rick Porcello, RHP (6-1, 3.22 ERA)


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BASE KNOCKS

- Of the Red Sox' 41 games, 15 of them have been one-run games (5-10). That's the most one-run games in the AL, two more than the next highest total.

- Last night the Red Sox were one of six home teams to be shut out, along with the Rangers, Royals, Angels, Phillies, and Diamondbacks. According to Elias, it was only the second time in Major League history that six or more teams were held without a run at home on the same day.

- John Lackey is on the mound for the Sox tonight. It's his first start against the Tigers since shutting them out over 6.2 innings in the Red Sox' 1-0 win in Game 3 of the ALCS.

- Lackey is pitching at Fenway for the sixth time this season, going 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in his previous five starts here.

- Lackey has thrown at least 5.0 innings in 32 consecutive starts dating back to May 19, 2013, tying the longest such streak of his career.

- Lackey has held opponents to two runs or less in six of eight starts this season, tied for the 2nd most such games in the AL this season behind only Max Scherzer.

- Lackey has a 3.86 ERA and 6-3 record in 12 career regular season starts against the Tigers.