BOSTON -- The Red Sox, who now need a mathematical miracle to qualify for the postseason, are likely to give their prospects a pretty good look down the stretch. That strategy looked pretty good on Wednesday night, as Lars Anderson and Josh Reddick -- both called up from Triple-A on Monday -- played key roles in an 11-5 victory over the Rays.
Anderson came through with the first two hits of his career and also his first RBI. For good measure, he added in a diving stop at first base.
"It was a huge sense of relief when I saw it go through," said Anderson of his first hit. "I just feel like it wasn't something I wanted to wait around for too long, you know? And I was really happy to swing at a pitch and get a knock."
Reddick, who has had several short stints with the Red Sox, came through with a career-high three hits while also playing solid defense in left.
"That feels great," said Reddick. "I'm going to keep riding that groove I'm in as long as I can. Hopefully it'll keep me going to the end of the year and get me some consistent playing time. If that doesn't work out, hopefully I can be a pinch-hitter, pinch-runner, defensive replacement, help these guys win a little bit."
How much has manager Terry Francona contemplated how playing time will be divvied up the rest of the way?
"Well, I've thought about it, but I don't know there's a reason to know who's going to play in Seattle," Francona said. "Some of that is going to depend on the health of our team, who we're playing, how we're playing. I kind of go back to the answer I gave last night. We always try to do what's right for the organization."
Despite what the standings say, Francona still expects his team to go out there with the same intensity every night.
"Regardless of who plays, we're going to try to win," Francona said. "This isn't Triple-A. I'm not crazy. We want to see some of the young guys play a little bit. That's good to see, but guys that have played all year and have given at times more than they should, you don't just sweep them to the side and say, 'Hey, thanks for the effort.'"
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.