Could Gonzalez play left field at Fenway?

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Could Gonzalez play left field at Fenway?

BALTIMORE -- As the Red Sox finish a three-city, eight-game road trip through Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and Baltimore, they head back to Boston for the start of a 10-game homestand.

There, presumably, it will be tougher for manager Bobby Valentine to utilize his newfound lineup which features Will Middlebrooks at third, Kevin Youkilis at first and Adrian Gonzalez in right because the Sox don't want Gonzalez playing a lot of right in Fenway.

That's because right field in Fenway is quite spacious, with a lot of ground to cover.

But what about the notion of Gonzalez playing some left field at Fenway. After all, there's not much ground to cover and anything hit over an outfielder's head is either leaving the ballpark or hitting the wall and coming back.

"There has been some thought,'' said Bobby Valentine. "There might be continuing conversations, but for the most part, when you're on one side of the diamond and see the ball off the bat and get your reaction and then try to change that perspective, it becomes more challenging -- from what I experienced. Not only personally, but from talking to players.

"I've even seen the infield transition difficult for some guys.''

Gonzalez is in right field for the second straight game Tuesday and fourth time in the last five games.

Porcello loses 10th game as Red Sox fall to Twins, 4-1

Porcello loses 10th game as Red Sox fall to Twins, 4-1

BOSTON - Adalberto Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and the Minnesota Twins rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston to beat the Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Kepler also had an RBI single, and Miguel Sano added an RBI double to help the Twins improve to 24-11 on the road.

Mejia (3-3) allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one. On Friday night at Cleveland, the rookie left-hander held the Indians to two hits over five innings in a victory.

Brandon Kintzler got the final three outs for his 21st save.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (4-10) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. It was his 14th straight start going at least six innings, the AL's longest active streak.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was back in the dugout after serving a one-game suspension Tuesday for poking umpire Bill Miller in the chest during an argument Saturday.