Scutaro not guaranteed to start in postseason

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Scutaro not guaranteed to start in postseason

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

TORONTO -- Marco Scutaro had his best game of the season Tuesday night (four hits, four RBI) and was hitting .350 over the previous 20 games before Wednesday.

He had lifted his average to .282 for the season and had played a steady shortstop over the second half.

Despite all of that, Terry Francona wouldn't guarantee that Scutaro willl be the Red Sox' starting, everyday shortstop in the postseason.

"I guess it depends on how we're playing and how guys are playing," said Francona. "It seems like things change weekly, if not daily. I guess I would fall back on the answer that I'll try to put us in the best position to win and see what that is.

"I don't think it's necessary to have one guy be the shortstop. At the same time, maybe there's a hot hitter; I don't know. We'll see."

Francona has other options, including switch-hitter Jed Lowrie and Mike Aviles.

Lowrie has hit .347 from the right side, leaving Francona with perhaps a better option against lefties in the postseason.

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