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Red Sox Blog: Aviles In Right Field

A Blog By Dan Roche, WBZ-TV Sports
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BOSTON (CBS) – The one thing I like about the Red Sox manager is he never shows any fear when it comes to his decision-making.

Tito put recently-acquired infielder Mike Aviles in right field Saturday for the Sox game against the NY Yankees. The 30-year-old has never played a game in the Major Leagues in the outfield. He’s played third base, shortstop, and second base. Never the outfield.

The reason why he’s Playing against arguably the toughest pitcher in the game today, 16-game winner CC Sabathia? Avoids is 5- for-10 with an RBI lifetime against him.

Will it work? Who knows.

However, Francona said he would take the heat for it if it fails. Same as he did when he pulled Tim Wakefield when he was close to winning his 200th game.

He’s the ultimate players manager, but through it all… the biggest thing Terry Francona cares about is? Winning.

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