BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalez is back in right field and hitting fifth for the Red Sox on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.
In his first Fenway park right-field assignment on Saturday night, Adrian Gonzalez was pinch run for in the sixth inning, but it wasn't just because of his speed on the base paths. It was mostly because Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine could foresee a one-run game, and he didn't feel comfortable with Gonzalez in right field, even if it meant taking his bat out of the lineup.
Valentine put Gonzalez back in right field on Sunday, and before the game, called the situation "unique" but also described it as "kind of fun."
"I watch him on every ball that goes up," said Valentine. "I watch him every ball that's hit. And he's looking OK. I don't know every ball, but a lot of balls that are hit, I glance. And it seems like he has the right first step. He's moving."
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CINCINNATI - Mookie Betts doubled with the bases loaded to tie it in the eighth inning and dashed home from second base on an infield single, rallying the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Reds that moved them closer to the AL East title.
By winning 14 of its last 17 games, Boston has left virtually no opening for the second-place New York Yankees to catch up. The Red Sox, already assured a playoff spot, completed an 8-1 road trip that put them in excellent position to win a second consecutive division crown for the first time in franchise history.
Coupled with New York's 9-5 loss in Toronto, the Red Sox reduced their magic number to three. They lead the Yankees by five games with seven to play.
That means Fenway Park can start preparing for a potential celebration. Boston finishes the regular season at home with three games against Toronto and four vs. Houston.