By Sean McAdam
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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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The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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