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Farrell comes to defense of Drew

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 18, 2013 04:30 PM

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Though Drew is 1 for 17 in the ALCS, Farrell values his defense.


Red Sox manager John Farrell did not read off his lineup for Game 6 of the ALCS. But he did say that Xander Bogaerts would stay at third base.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia will return to catch Clay Buchholz. He's also sticking with slumping Stephen Drew and Shane Victorino.

Drew is 3 for 32 in the postseason and 1 for 17 in the ALCS. But with so many close games in the series, Farrell values what Drew brings defensively.

"I know there's been a lot calling for Stephen's head, seemingly. But this is a very good player and in these games, defense is a premium. When a defensive play hasn't been made and you give a team an extra out, as good as these two teams are you're likely going to pay for that," Farrell said.

"I'm not saying that we don't have good defenders otherwise. But Stephen's taking good swings. We all recognize the struggles that are there. But he shores up the middle of our infield so well that I'm certainly going to preserve that. Yes, Stephen will be in the lineup tomorrow."

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