Betts went 3-for-4 with three RBI in Boston's 5-4 win over St. Louis on Wednesday. Betts had been scuffling, hitting just .184 over the past nine games before his ninth-inning double plated the tying and winning runs, earning himself a Gatorade shower after the game. His numbers this season aren't going to warrant any MVP votes, but Betts is one of the main cogs in a lineup that has had its trouble scoring runs this season.
Betts will bat cleanup and man right field Tuesday against the Rays, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. With Dustin Pedroia (knee) back from the 10-day disabled list, the Red Sox will roll out a new-look lineup featuring the newly acquired Eduardo Nunez as the leadoff man and Pedroia in the two hole, resulting in Betts sliding down into a run-producing role. The absence of Hanley Ramirez (oblique) creates a void in the heart of the order that Betts is more than capable of filling, but it's expected that Betts will move back to the leadoff role once Ramirez returns to action, perhaps as soon as Wednesday.
Betts is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, Evan Drellich of CSN New England With a team off day on tap Monday, manager John Farrell likely just wanted to build in an extra day of rest for the star outfielder, who had started all but one of the Red Sox's 87 games since the beginning of May. Betts' absence in the series finale will allow veteran Chris Young to pick up a start in right field.
Betts went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk in Thursday's 9-5 win over the White Sox. Betts missed out on the fun in a four-run first inning, but quickly made amends by launching his team-leading 18th home run in the next frame. He struck out once, but still has more free passes (50) than whiffs (49) this season. Despite the improved batting eye, Betts is slashing just .272/.348/.467 after posting a .318/.363/.534 line last year.
Betts went 2-for-5 with three RBI during Monday's win over Cleveland. Betts entered Monday with an underwhelming .236/.309/.382 slash line through 25 July games, so it was encouraging to see him finish the month off with a multi-hit showing. However, even with that disappointing line, the outfielder still posted four homers, 23 RBI, five stolen bases and 21 runs in July. He remains a high-end fantasy asset, and a rebound stretch through the end of the season is well within reach.
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