"One thing I will continually say is that for the first 42 games, we have done a very good job of getting on base," said manager John Farrell. "Third in the American League [in on-base percentage], and the disconnect is the runs scored.
"You go from third in on-base to 10th or 11th [in runs scored], and that's where I think opposing pitchers have managed our lineup a bit to get to spots in it to shut off an inning, to take advantage of possibly some inexperience, and yet we still can't abandon our approach at the plate, and that is to see pitches and grind out at-bats to get into a bullpen hopefully sooner than later."
At this point, Farrell doesn't anticipate any major lineup changes.
"Well, we have the players that are here," said Farrell. "We're going to continue to put together a game plan to work to win each and every night. We've seen a couple of different alignments that have included everyone on this roster, and we'll continue to work toward that end."
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