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DETROIT — Shane Victorino was getting sick and tired of the part-time role he had to assume because of back and hamstring injuries. It killed him not to play every day. The Red Sox were cautious not to overplay him when he came off the disabled list, using common sense to keep him healthy.
But the time came — at least in Victorino’s eyes — to throw caution to the wind. He met with manager John Farrell before the game and plead his case to play every day. No more kid gloves.
On Friday night the gloves came off. Victorino went 4 for 5 with five RBIs in Boston’s 10-6 win over the Tigers. The Red Sox need Victorino in the lineup every day because, as we’ve pointed out on occasion, he is that blood-and-guts player, the most aggressive player on the field who runs into walls or dives face first into the grass to win games.
He’s a dirt dog and dirt dogs want to play all the time.
He provides a natural energy.