Bobby Valentine uses lineup mulligan

Bobby Valentine

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.

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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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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