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Pokey wrote:Coco was slated to bat 6th on Sunday, with Youk lead-off, but when it was decided that Manny would get another day off, Francona switched things around.
Personally, I think that Youkilis should stay in the lead off spot indefinitely. Sure Coco's got speed, but his career .332 OBP is more than 100 points lower than Youk's current .435 OBP.
edit: this is just my opinion. Francona has stated that Coco will have the leadoff spot back after a few games.
Manager Terry Francona indicated that if the rest of the team had been healthy, Crisp would have batted sixth or seventh on Sunday and Kevin Youkilis would have stayed in the leadoff spot. Instead, Youkilis batted cleanup.
When Ramirez returns to the lineup, there's a chance Crisp will hit lower in the order until he gets his feet under him.
"Until [Crisp] gets in that comfort zone, we might drop him down just to ease the burden," Francona said.
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