Opportunity knocks for Jonny Gomes

Updated: January 27, 2013, 1:21 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The way Jonny Gomes describes it, becoming a platoon player happens almost by accident. Another player wants a day off against a tough left-hander like CC Sabathia or Jon Lester or Mark Buehrle, the manager looks down his bench, and settles on you as that day's replacement.

"Those are your starts," Gomes said the other day. "Those are guys [players] don't want to face. Those are the guys where you take a day off. That's how I got my shot.

"Someone says, 'I've played ...

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