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No space for hot Jackie Bradley Jr. in Red Sox outfield

Jackie Bradley Jr. was not in the Red Sox’ lineup despite being 16 for his last 37 with 10 extra-base hits and seven walks.WINSLOW TOWNSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS

For a team buried in last place, the daily posting of the lineup has become quite an event for the Red Sox.

Jackie Bradley Jr. was Tuesday’s choice to be unjustly benched, as Rusney Castillo started in right field against the Cleveland Indians. Hanley Ramirez started in left field again.

Save your rage: The Red Sox are sticking with Ramirez in left field, no matter his foibles.

“Hanley Ramirez is our left fielder,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “I think we are going to stay with that. We’re going to try and get him the necessary work and necessary reps and necessary innings out there to get him to a point where he feels comfortable and we become a championship defense in the outfield.”


For now, adequate defense would be an improvement.

After missing seven games with a bruised left foot, Ramirez misplayed a line drive into a two-run double Monday night, the latest in a series of misplays this season.

Bradley was 16 for his last 37 with 10 extra-base hits and seven walks.

Castillo, who also has swung the bat well in recent weeks, was on the bench Monday.

Lovullo said the Red Sox are working with Ramirez on not breaking in on balls hit in his direction. The former shortstop too often has let balls get over his head.

Lovullo was asked at one point if the Red Sox had held secret workouts at first base for Ramirez.

“We’re not hiding anything,” Lovullo said with a chuckle. “He’s not getting any type of work at first base.”

Porcello to Pawtucket

Rick Porcello, who has been on the disabled list since July 30 with a triceps strain, will continue his rehabilitation assignment with Triple A Pawtucket on Friday.

The expectation is for Porcello to throw six innings. From there, he would be in line to be activated.


Porcello started for Single A Lowell on Saturday and went 3⅔ scoreless innings before the game was suspended by rain.

Help if you can

The 14th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon started Tuesday at Fenway. Former Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was among those who stopped by to lend their support.

The best moment of the day came before the game. Donnie Lewis of Canton, a 56-year-old husband and father of two, met for the first time the man who saved him from cancer.

Lewis received a stem cell transplant to treat his leukemia.

The donor was 21-year-old Daniel Alcantor, a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy.

They met on the field, then threw out first pitches as the crowd cheered.

Alcantor participated in a national registry program for stem cells and proved to be a match for Lewis.

To donate, call 877-738-1234, go to, or text KCancer to 20222 to make a $10 gift.

The Red Sox have been affiliated with the Jimmy Fund since 1953.

The radio-telethon has raised $37 million over the years.

Nieves with Rays

Juan Nieves, fired as Red Sox pitching coach in May, has been hired by the Tampa Bay Rays as a pitching consultant in the minor leagues. “He brings great experience to an already great group of pitching instructors,” Rays director of minor league operations Mitch Lukevics told the Tampa Bay Times . . . Righthander Steven Wright, who is on the seven-day concussion disabled list, is still experiencing symptoms and not ready to return. Wright was hit in the back of the head by a fly ball during batting practice before a game in Miami last week. Matt Barnes is likely to stay in the rotation for at least another turn . . . John McDonald, who played six games for the Red Sox in 2013, was at Fenway Park with the Indians. After playing 16 years in the majors, McDonald is now a special assistant to the baseball operations department. The East Lyme, Conn., native played at Providence College and lives in Scituate with his family.


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