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.