Francona juggles lineup seeking spark

Francona juggles lineup seeking spark

BOSTON -- His offense free-falling during a five-game losing streak, Red Sox manager Terry Francona did some realignment for Tuesday night's game against the Rangers.

Dustin Pedroia was moved from the second position to third, with Francona hoping that the second baseman's early power surge will be more beneficial in that spot. Victor Martinez, who has started the season in disappointing fashion, went from third to fifth. Two other players who have been slumping -- J.D. Drew and David Ortiz -- were also moved.

Drew has hit mostly seventh, but he was hitting second on Tuesday. The hope is that his on-base skills will be more of a factor near the top of the order and that he might see some more fastballs. Ortiz went from fifth to sixth.

"I think I said on Opening Day, if we were making changes, something isn't going right," Francona said. "I do believe in being very patient. I think that is what helps players. At the same time, what we were doing wasn't working. We hit J.D. second the other day to try to get him in some fastball situations. If he has that hole open, that plays into the way he hits.

"Pedey's been a really hot hitter for us. We put him in an RBI situation. We're just trying to lengthen out that batting order a little bit."

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.