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Tue, 04/20/2010 - 4:03pm  

Francona: 'The results have been horrendous'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona suggested that he felt compelled to shake up the lineup after his team struggled deeply in recent days. With his club having scored just nine runs in its last five games (all losses), Francona moved Dustin Pedroia into the third spot in the batting order, with J.D. Drew moving to the second slot, and Victor Martinez (fifth), David Ortiz (sixth) and Adrian Beltre (seventh) all moving down.

 

“I think I said on Opening Day, if we were making changes, something isn’t going right. I do believe in being very patient. I think that is what helps players. At the same time, what we were doing wasn’t working,” said Francona. “Our hitting with runners in scoring position right now is zero. You can hit them anywhere you want. We just need to do better.”

 

Francona said that he believes that the Sox have a chance to define themselves by virtue of how they respond to adversity. Certainly, this represents one such moment.

 

“We’re very results oriented. The results have been horrendous. Hopefully the results will start getting better,” said Francona. “This is a chance for us to try to stand tall. We talked to the players the very first meeting, how a lot of our season will be defined by how we handle frustration. Are we going to be tough? Are we going to dig ourselves out of it? Are we going to make excuses? We’ll find out. This is a time for us to show what we’re made of. I believe that.”

 

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