Red Sox manager Terry Francona currently faces two questions that are in essence one and the same: How much longer can he, in good conscience, continue to write David Ortiz's name into the lineup each day, and how much longer can he not write Jeremy Hermida's name into that lineup?
Ortiz has 13 whiffs in 26 at-bats. He has three walks and just four hits (Dustin Pedroia had four in one game this week), one of which was a ball that bounced in and out of a Twins outfielder's glove. Another hit, an opposite-field double down the third-base line on Friday, was far more of an accident than an accomplishment given that the ball hit the top of his bat.
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