By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Follow @dannypicard
@font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; BOSTON -- The Red Sox begin a nine-game interleague road trip onFriday in Pittsburgh, and manager Terry Francona said the notion of playing Adrian Gonzalez in right field -- which the Sox may do in a few games, in order to get David Ortiz' bat in the lineup in the DH-less N.L. parks -- is giving him 'anxiety'.
Gonzalez has been taking some balls out in the outfield,said Francona. Hes very willing to do it."
Francona doesn't sound as willing, but he also sounds as if he knows he doesn't have a choice.
"If you do that, my concerns are acouple things.
"One, I dont want David to go 11 days without playing.Thats not good for us, or for him.
"Two, if you put Gonzalez in right -- because thats the oneplace he says he can play -- then youre potentially either taking J.D. Drewout of the lineup or moving him to left, and weve got guys all over the place.
And then the other thing is, if something ever happened toGonzalez, Id catch a lot of expletive, and I dont want to do that.
"Sowell see. I actually had some anxiety over this one. I want to do whatsright, and Ive got to try and figure out in my own head, what is right.
Perhaps this recent anxiety is why Francona thinks thedesignated hitter should be in both leagues.
I think just from watching games, I think . . . it createsjobs for players, which I think is good, said Francona, who managed without the DH during his time in Philadelphia in the late 1990s. I think the game isactually more fun. So many times, pitchers go up there, and thats when peoplego get their popcorn.
I understand theres some so-called strategy there, but Ithink having a DH, I actually think its better. The games more fun.
Danny Picard is on twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.