Red Sox notes: Carp starting in right field

Red Sox notes: Carp starting in right field
May 26, 2013, 12:30 pm
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BOSTON -- Mike Carp is starting in left field today. He drove in the tying run with two outs in the eighth inning Saturday with a pinch-hit double, and in six games against the Indians this season, he is batting .500, going 6-for-12 with five extra-base hits (three doubles, a triple, and a home run) and six RBI.

With Shane Victorino on the DL, Carp has been platooning with Jonny Gomes in left field.
 
“In the absence of Shane the combination of he and Jonny have been productive,” Farrell said. “I think there is a flow with both guys where there’ll be a spot in the game or against certain starters. To their credit, the guys who have come off the bench or spot starting have contributed. Every guy on this roster has. In Mike’s situation there have been situations in the game that have been more focal or against a good right-handed starter like (Justin) Masterson or in situations in the game. He’s given us a huge lift coming off the bench.”
 
Farrell said some of the success he’s had in his managerial moves and in-game moves can be credited to knowing his roster.

“More than anything is to get to know the strengths of guys on the roster,” he said. “We strive our best to put guys in position to succeed. It’s ultimately their abilities that allows them to do that, but I think there’s been some continuity with the use of the guys on the bench so they can anticipate mentally when a spot is coming up for them. I think that pertains directly to Jonny and Mike Carp and their roles and how they’ve been able to produce. It’s no different than guys in the bullpen. You put them in a situation to have success.”

 

  • Shortstop Stephen Drew, who had a day off Saturday, is back in the lineup today.

 

  • Jose Iglesias is back at third base. He went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored yesterday.

Iglesias is now hitting .481, going 13-for-27 with a .593 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage in eight major league games over two stints this season.  In 33  games with Triple-A Pawtucket, he was hitting just .202 with a .319 SLG and .262 OBP.  After the game on Saturday, Iglesias said part of the reason for his success at the big league level this season is the different atmosphere, compared to the minor leagues. 

“Everyone’s burning desire and goal is to play at this level,” Farrell said. “I’d hate to think the major leagues is the sole motivator in all of this but it’s clear there’s a greater level of energy, there’s a greater level of consequence, there’s a greater level of reward that goes with playing here. The one thing Iglesias shows is a lot of self-confidence being at this level. Whether that’s because he’s gone through the struggles of last year and he’s grown from those. He comes off a solid spring and gets off to a great start. I thought he handled the decision to go back to Pawtucket as a true pro. He understood.

“Deep down it’s clear he saw himself as a major league player. The fact he comes back here he handles himself in a way you can sense when he walks passed you. He believes himself. That’s not trash talking or anything else. He just goes about his actions in a mature manner."

  • Left-hander Andrew Miller is second among major league relievers with a ratio of 15.85 strikeouts-per-nine innings. In 15 1/3 innings this season, he has recorded 27 strikeouts. He trails only Detroit’s Al Albuquerque, at 16.33.

 

  • Dustin Pedroia has an eight-game hitting streak at Fenway. In that stretch he is batting .515, going 17-for-33, with four doubles, six RBI, and six runs scored.

 

  • Daniel Nava has started eight of the last nine games in right field, and move from left to right in that ninth game, on May 21 at Chicago. He will likely continue there in Victorino’s absence.

 

“Shane has shown us exceptional range and very good play in right field, but we don’t compare Daniel vs. Shane,” Farrell said. “Daniel is going to give us the best of his abilities on any given day. All around though, when you look at the way he’s swung the bat, the way he’s played defensively, he’s had a very good year.”

 
  • Third baseman Will Middlebrooks has expressed optimism that he will be able to come off the DL (low back) when he is eligible. The Sox, though, are being more cautious.
 
“He‘s feeling less stiff,” Farrell said. “But until we get a bat in his hand and he does some baseball activities we’ll have a better read."
 
- Here's a look at Sunday's lineups:

Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Daniel Nava RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Mike Carp, LF
Stephen Drew SS
Jose Iglesias 3B
Felix Doubront LHP

Indians
Michael Bourn CF
Jason Kipnis 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera DH
Nick Swisher 1B
Mark Reynolds 3B
Carlos Santana C
Michael Brantley LF
Mike Aviles SS
Drew Stubbs RF
Corey Kluber RHP