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What's wrong with Adrian Gonzalez?

Updated: May 18, 2012, 3:52 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I've disagreed with quite a few moves made by Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and his organization this season, but I have no problem whatsoever with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez playing a few interleague road tilts in right field at Philadelphia this weekend, and perhaps beyond. Gonzalez started two games in right field last season, and believe it or not, the game of baseball didn't cease right there. Gonzalez didn't get hurt or embarrass himself. He even managed a few hits in those games.

Those who own Gonzalez in a fantasy league, whether daily or weekly, can rest assured their top-20 player will be out there so that David Ortiz, the team's regular designated hitter, can get into the game. This is good news all around, well, unless you own the guy who gets benched, be it Cody Ross or Ryan Sweeney. Ortiz enters Friday at No. 12 overall on ESPN's Player Rater, off to his best start in years, and for those in non-ESPN formats that allow eligibility for one game (or perhaps three at some point soon), Ortiz will become more versatile for you. This is a good thing.

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