Holt gets night off for Sox, Victorino leading off

Holt gets night off for Sox, Victorino leading off
July 23, 2014, 6:15 pm
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TORONTO -- For the first time since May 17, Brock Holt was not in the starting lineup Tuesday night for the Red Sox.

Holt had played every inning of every game since that date, but John Farrell determined that this might be a good time for a night off.

"Given his (performance to the level), you never like to take any player out who's going extremely well,'' said John Farrell. "And yet, we feel like, he's played every inning since some time back May and the last couple of days, we're starting to see (some fatigue) in his play and he's deserving of a day off.''

Over his last eight games, Holt had hit safely in seven and was batting .421 in those games, with five multi-hit games.

During the 54 straight games that Holt hit leadoff, he led the major leagues in hits, was third in doubles and fourth in runs scored.

His .322 batting average for the season was first among rookies, as is his .366 OBP. Meanwhile, his .330 batting average against lefties was second among all major league lefthanded hitters.

With Holt out of the lineup for the night, Farrell went with Shane Victorino in the leadoff spot. That made Victorino the sixth player to hit leadoff for the Sox this season, following Holt, Grady Sizemore, Jonny Gomes and Dustin Pedroia.

Victorino had a three-hit night Tuesday night for his second straight multi-hit game, having had two hits Sunday.

Holt has been remarkably versatile for the Sox, playing all four infield spots and all three outfield positions, too, with starts at every one except second base.

"His versatility has been somewhat of a silver lining in our year to date,'' said Farrell. "With David (Ortiz) occupying the DH slot, Brock's versatility has allowed us to give guys days off and we fully expect that to be the case going forward.''