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Red Sox find success with defensive shifts

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 25, 2013 05:47 PM

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The analysts at Baseball Info Solutions revealed an interesting statistic. The Red Sox have used an infield shift for 291 plate appearances this season and it has saved eight runs.

The Orioles lead the majors with 344 shifts and 10 runs saved. The Rays have saved nine runs.

The statistic takes into account runs that scored because of the shift. The Yankees, for instance, have shifted 302 times and have a sum total of zero runs saved.

The American League East is progressive defensively with the Orioles, Yankees, Rays and Red Sox in the top five in terms of shifts employed. The Dodgers, with 38, have the fewest.

Go to Acta Sports for more on this.

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