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Boston: Lowell out, Kotsay in for Game 2

Posted on: October 3, 2008 7:02 pm

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Boston manager Terry Francona's Game 2 lineup is in, and injured third baseman Mike Lowell is not in it.

Instead, the Red Sox will move Kevin Youklis to third base and have slotted Mark Kotsay at first. Also, Alex Cora is playing shortstop instead of Jed Lowrie.

Francona said removing Lowell, whose partially torn labrum in his right hip has reduced his effectiveness, was an agonizingly difficult decision. However, it was not a surprising decision when you consider the numbers.

Kotsay, who has struggled with the Red Sox, has a history of blistering Angels Game 2 starter Ervin Santana. Lifetime, Kotsay is 7-for-18 (.389) against Santana.

"That was a hard one for me," Francona said of removing Lowell. The manager said Lowell's condition did not worsen since Game 1, but that it is obvious he's "hurting."

"Getting to that decision was hard for me," Francona said. "That was a tough one."

As for Cora, Francona said he was leaning toward playing Cora in Game 2 entering the series.

"Just style of pitching," Francona said. "Ervin Santana, the way Cora swung, the way Lowrie swung at certain types of pitchers.

"I was leaning more toward that anyway, but you don't need to make that decision until you need to."

Cora has two hits in three lifetime at-bats against Santana. Lowrie has never faced him.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia, meanwhile, is going with catcher Jeff Mathis instead of Mike Napoli in Game 2. Santana was 14-4 with a 2.88 ERA this season when pitching to Mathis (16-6, 3.21 ERA overall).


Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2008 9:24 am

Boston: Lowell out, Kotsay in for Game 2

Personally I was surprised to see Kotsay's name at 1st despite the fact I know he can play there though not well.Then again I was unaware of Kotsay's lifetime Avg. vs. Santana.Of course I expected to see Casey at 1st and had I known Kotsay's had such success vs. Santana I'd have said why not CF or LF with Ellsbury in the other spot.This is obviously not a second guess as it would have meant sitting Bay.Also, I could be wrong,but didn't Lugo start at SS & bat ninth?

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