FORT MYERS, Fla. — Outside of J.D. Drew, the Red Sox have what looks like a pretty good everyday lineup on the field tonight.
So what about it, Terry Francona? Can we expect to see Carl Crawford, Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Gonzalez 3-4-5?
"I don't know. I really don't know. We'll see. I honestly don't know," the manager said. "We'll see."
If Gonzalez hits fifth, as Francona said, the Sox would "most likely" have Ortiz and Drew behind him. That's three lefties in a row.
"I don't know if I want to do that, either," he said.
No matter what the Red Sox do, there will be back-to-back lefties somewhere in the mix. But better to have only two in a row instead of three.
Still think Ellsbury (L), Pedroia (R), Crawford (L), Gonzalez (L), Youkilis (R), Ortiz (L), Drew (L), Salty (S) and Scutaro (R) works because they can use Mike Cameron in right field.
If Crawford and Gonzalez are back-to-back, so be it. Gonzalez is .262/.338/.445 against lefties and Crawford .270/.315/.382. It's not perfect but it's far from something to wring your hands about.