Bobby Valentine uses lineup mulligan
Bobby Valentine's initial lineup card for tonight's Red Sox-Twins game was rather interesting ... and rather wrong.
In advance of tonight's matchup with Minnesota right-hander Liam Hendriks, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine initially opted to pack his lineup with right-handed bats. So is ceding the platoon advantage from the outset a way to shake things up in beleaguered Boston?
Not exactly. Sean McAdam of CSN New England tweets the cold, hard truth:
Seems like an easy enough mistake to make, particularly with a rookie like Hendriks on the mound for the opposition. On the other hand, ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports that it was catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and not Valentine himself, who discovered the mistake and allowed the manager to make the necessary changes.
For those who've asked about lineup switch: Valentine admitted he thought MINN starter Liam Hendricks was LHP, hence 1st card filled w/ RH.
— Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) April 25, 2012
Of course, it would have been much more in keeping with the prevailing 2012 Red Sox narratives if Valentine had failed to correct the lineup, lost the contest 1-0 (in which Hendriks throws a perfecto) and then went on to miss the playoffs by a single game.
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