4/21/2014 11:50 A.M. ET
Farrell gives hot-hitting Holt nod in leadoff spot
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Brock Holt, who has swung a hot bat since his recall from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, was inserted into the leadoff spot for Monday's finale against the Orioles.
This, even though the left-handed-hitting Holt was facing a lefty starter in Wei-Yin Chen.
Grady Sizemore had the day off with the quick turnaround, so manager John Farrell made Holt the fifth leadoff hitter he's used in 20 games this season.
"He's had very good at-bats against both lefties and righties," said Farrell. "We've had a number of different guys in that leadoff spot, I recognize that. I think the priority becomes keeping some continuity [in spots] two through six, which we've been able to do with this alignment. That's where we are today."
In Holt's first three games, he went 4-for-10 with a triple and two RBIs.
"Throughout his Minor League career, he's been a top-of-the-order type of hitter," said Farrell. "There's no hesitancy in putting him in that spot, and in the short time he's been here, he's seeing some pitches, he's put up some long at-bats. He's done a very good job. While we're still searching for that one true guy in that spot, this is the next candidate."
Napoli in lineup for matinee despite sore knee
BOSTON -- After a good night's sleep -- which took place within the confines of the clubhouse at Fenway Park -- Mike Napoli was right back in the lineup for Monday morning's Patriots' Day contest against the Orioles.
This comes after Napoli was hit in the left kneecap by a pitch in the ninth inning of Sunday's thrilling 6-5 victory.
With an 11:05 a.m. ET game on Monday, Napoli, starter Clay Buchholz and John Lackey all spent the night in the sleep room that was installed into the clubhouse in the last couple of years.
"That's why it's there," said manager John Farrell. "They're taking advantage of it."
Considering Napoli's importance to the lineup, the Red Sox were fortunate he was able to shake off the injury.
"A little sore, but ready to go," Farrell said of Napoli. "So he and a couple of other guys spent the night here with the quick turnaround. But yeah, we're at full strength, ready to go today."
At first, it looked as if Napoli had been seriously hurt.
"Well the way he went down, it didn't look promising," said Farrell. "You could hear it from the dugout. It was clearly on the bone. But once he got some feeling back, while the soreness is there, he was good to continue. We were somewhat anxious to see how he was going to respond this morning. Walking around after the game last night, he was mobile. It remained loose. So while there's some soreness, he's still ready to go."