Red Sox hit on a new strategy

Finding lefty-righty balance is less of a priority with stacked lineup

Updated: March 23, 2011, 5:15 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox have five left-handed hitters in their everyday lineup, plus a switch-hitting catcher who will bat from the left side against right-handed pitchers. There may be games, judging from the lineups manager Terry Francona has been using here, where as many as three lefties bat in succession: first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, DH David Ortiz and outfielder J.D. Drew.

A problem?

"Maybe we're going with the Bruce Bochy 'We're going to bombard the right-handed ...

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