Bogaerts gets night off; Sox searching for offense

Bogaerts gets night off; Sox searching for offense
June 12, 2014, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON - The Red Sox are not only without their current shortstop Thursday night (Stephen Drew), but their former - and future (maybe) - shortstop as well, Xander Bogaerts.

No specific injury for Bogaerts, just a night to rest and clear his mind.

"Yeah, tonight giving Bogey (Bogaerts) a night off," John Farrell said. "Feel like our last four or five games, we've seen a little bit of fatigue and some at-bats that have been uncharacteristic for him. Some early pitch-outs which like I said is not the norm. I just felt like he could benefit from a day down."

It couldn't come any sooner for Bogaerts, who has started in the team's last 31 games. He's currently in a 0-for-16 slump, having not recorded a hit over the last four games. In those four games his average has dipped from .299 to .278.

Farrell doesn't think Bogaerts is putting too much pressure on himself, though.

"I wouldn't say that," Farrell said. "Evident the other night when he grounds into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded there might've been a little frustration at that moment because of what we're living a little bit as a team. But to say there are certain situations that you can visibly see it where he comes out of his swing or out of his mechanics in some way, no, that's not there."

Here's the Sox lineup vs. RHP Josh Tomlin (4-2, 3.12):

1. Holt, 3B
2. Pedroia, 2B
3. Ortiz, DH
4. Napoli, 1B
5. Nava, LF
6. Sizemore, RF
7. Ross, C
8. Herrera, SS
9. Bradley, JR, CF

SP: Jon Lester (6-7), 3.52

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The Red Sox were outscored 10-1 in their series against the Orioles prior to Thursday night. It was the first time the Sox have scored as little as one run over a three-game stretch since the 1993 team did in April. It was the fewest runs for the Red Sox in a three-game series since being outscored 24-0 in three games against the Rangers in April of 1981.

The 1993 team finished 80-82 while the 1981 team finished 59-49 in a strike-shortened season.

That's not the type of history the Sox want to make this season, and Farrell thinks that it will turn around for them if they just play their game.

"To me, and we've had this conversation with individual players, with the staff, we can't abandon the strengths that this team or these individual players have shown in the past," he said. "And that is to put up relentless at-bats, get one base. Overall I still think we do a good job of getting on base. I firmly believe that this will turn. There's confidence in this group of players to not only put together a quality game tonight but to put together a streak of wins that gets us back in the mix."

The Sox best players have been struggling with the rest of the team. David Ortiz is hitting just .189 in June (7-for-37) with two home runs and seven RBI.  Dustin Pedroia is hitting .250 (9-for-36) with a home run and four RBI. While those two are important to the team, Farrell stresses that they need production from all over.

"We need every guy in our lineup. It's not just focused on those two guys," Farrell said. "We need everyone to pass the baton and work as a group and when we've done that we've been a very good offensive team. And yet a lot of people are going to focus on David and [Pedroia]. When they drive people in, sure we were on a good streak of seven straight wins, but we need every guy up and in that lineup to play that part."

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