A hole in the Sox lineup -- no Holt

July, 24, 2014
Jul 24
12:09
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TORONTO -- There was something noticeably different about John Farrell’s lineup card Wednesday night.

Brock Holt was nowhere to be found. Not in left field, right field or center field. Not at first base, second base, short or third. And not batting leadoff, something Holt had done in each of the team’s previous 54 games, a span in which he’d delivered more hits (77) than any player in the game.

The rookie who is the only player in the big leagues this season to have appeared at every position but pitcher and catcher was on the bench, manager John Farrell having decided after Holt failed to hit the ball out of the infield four times Tuesday night that he could use a night off. Especially with a day game following on Thursday.

“He’s played every inning since sometime back in May (May 23 to be exact),” Farrell said. “The last couple of days, you’re starting to see it a little bit in his play. He’s deserving of a day off.”

Holt will be back in the lineup Thursday, Farrell said. Shane Victorino batted leadoff and singled and scored ahead of David Ortiz’s home run in the first, then was retired on his last four at-bats in Boston's 6-4 loss.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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