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Lowell's plight entered Beltre's thinking

Updated: January 10, 2010, 1:12 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- New Boston Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre has played against Mike Lowell since they were in the minor leagues, and said Lowell has the best hands of any third baseman in the game. "I know Mike Lowell,'' he said after his introductory press conference in Fenway Park on Friday. "I'm a huge fan of Mike Lowell. Mike is a great guy.''

Beltre's empathy for Lowell's predicament goes beyond the fact that he will be replacing Lowell at third base for the Red Sox, which ...

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