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After arriving late to yesterday’s game against the New York Yankees, newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes will make his debut for the Boston Red Sox today. He is in right field batting cleanup behind David Ortiz.
Cespedes, of course, was acquired from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline for Jon Lester, who will coincidentally be making his pitching debut for the A’s simultaneously on the West Coast.
Time to find out what sort of damage the right-handed slugger from Cuba can do with the Green Monster looming just 310 feet away in left field.
In Oakland, Cespedes played all of his games in either left field, center field, or at designated hitter. With Shane Victorino going back on the 15-day disabled list with ongoing back issues, however, the Red Sox will see how Cespedes fares in the expansive right field corner of Fenway Park.
Cespedes does have some experience playing in right from his playing days in Cuba, but it’s his play in left field this year for the A’s that tells me the change in position shouldn’t present much of an issue:
Between Cespedes and Jackie Bradley Jr., who are tied for the league lead in outfield assists with 12 each, the Red Sox should have a pretty impressive defensive outfield (minus Allen Craig — first basemen-outfielders tend not to be such whizzes with an outfield glove, you know?).
Starting right about now, we’ll find out for sure.