Herrera at 3B for slumping Bogaerts


OAKLAND, Calif. -- Slumping third baseman Xander Bogaerts is out of the lineup Saturday against Oakland, getting a day off to regroup.

Jonathan Herrera will start at third base.

"This is a chance to rotate Jonathan through the left side of the infield today and tomorrow," Red Sox manager John Farrell said before the game. "I'm giving (shortstop) Stephen (Drew) a day off as well tomorrow. A chance to match up another left-handed hitter against (Jesse) Chavez and get Xander off his feet for a day. He's working through some things right now at the plate, and we're going to give him a day to do just that."

Bogaerts batting average has dropped from .304 on June 3 to .265. He's hitless in his past 12 at-bats and has just one home run and one double in his past 15 games.

Farrell said he hasn't noticed Bogaerts "expanding the zone" during his skid.

"I think there's been a number of pitches where he's gotten on the plate where he's just missed them," Farrell said. "Whether that creates a little frustration for him, having a chance to sit with him this morning and talk at him at length, I don't think it's him trying to make up for previous at-bats or pressing to do more. I think there's just been over a stretch of time here where he's just missed his pitch on the plate.

"He's a good hitter that teams are planning and game-planning specifically for him. With that comes some peaks and valleys along the way."

Here's the Red Sox lineup:

1. Brock Holt RF

2. Dustin Pedroia 2B

3. David Ortiz DH

4. Mike Napoli 1B

5. Daniel Nava LF

6. A.J. Pierzynski C

7. Stephen Drew SS

8. Jonathan Herrera 3B

9. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Rubby De La Rosa RHP