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Against lefty, Drew not automatic to take turn at bat

Against lefty, Drew not automatic to take turn at bat

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BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell drew some second-guessing on the talk radio circuit after Stephen Drew batted against Orioles lefty T.J. McFarland in the 11th inning of Wednesday's loss and hit into a double play.

Highly touted righty Xander Bogaerts, who has been impressive when he's played, was available on the bench.

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Hitting a top prospect for an experienced veteran can be a slippery slope for a manager. However, Farrell indicated that it could happen once the games start to intensify.

"Well, last night was what it was," said Farrell. "Going forward, when there's maybe more of a sense of urgency with postseason situations, I'm sure that's something that Stephen and I will talk to well in advance when that situation may come up again. I'm well aware of what Stephen is doing against left-handed pitching, but there might be a time for that."

Drew is dramatically better against righties (.278 average, .852 OPS) than against southpaws (.183 average, .568 OPS).

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

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