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Moss in right tonight

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  August 8, 2007 12:29 PM

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Rookie Brandon Moss will get start for the Red Sox in right field tonight, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said today.

"I think we'll play Moss in right, and throw some lefthanded bats out there," Francona said this afternoon during his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI's Dale and Holley show. "I think we'll hit Mossy down low in the lineup, and if he gives us some good at-bats there, good for us. If we hit him in the middle of the order, you know he has to swing the bat good. So, we'll try to balance it out the best that we can."

Moss made his debut Monday night in Anaheim, replacing Manny Ramírez in left field after Manny after was ejected for arguing a check-swing called third strike. Moss flied out in his first at-bat, walked in the eighth inning, and ended his night by striking out swinging against Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez with the tying run on base to end the game.

Francona also said J.D. Drew will start in center field tonight in the series finale at Angel Stadium in place of Coco Crisp. "He needs a day [to rest]," Francona said regarding sitting Crisp tonight. "He's about fried out there."

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