{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Bradley Jr. gets first break from starting lineup

|
Bradley Jr. gets first break from starting lineup play video for Bradley Jr. gets first break from starting lineup

BOSTON -- After a rough weekend in Toronto, Jackie Bradley Jr. found himself beginning the game on the bench for Monday's home opener against the Orioles.

The 22-year-old left fielder went 1-for-11 against the Blue Jays and is 3-for-21 on the season. The Red Sox faced a tough left-hander in Wei-Yin Chen on Monday.

"I'd like to think, no matter who the pitcher is on the mound, I want to face him," said Bradley. "They told me I was going to take a day off, take a little break. It's still going to be exciting to be in front of the hometown fans."

Switch-hitter Daniel Nava served as Boston's left fielder, while Jonny Gomes was the designated hitter.

"Over the last couple to three games, he's been getting pitched to pretty consistently," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "We just felt like against another very good left-hander, it was a chance to get Nava's right-handed bat in there along with Gomes as the DH. That's where we are on that."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español