Hits and misses

April 18, 1996|By BUSTER OLNEY

On the field: Second baseman Roberto Alomar played Mo Vaughn as a severe pull hitter in the first inning, positioning himself far toward first base. That enabled him to start a 4-6-3 double play when Vaughn chopped a grounder to his left.

In the dugout: With the Red Sox plummeting in the AL East standings, manager Kevin Kennedy made major changes in his lineup yesterday. Jose Canseco played right field, Bill Haselman made his second straight start at catcher, and second baseman Wil Cordero, who has played poor defensively, was replaced with Esteban Beltre.

In the clubhouse: Canseco asked Kennedy to play right field yesterday, Canseco's first appearance in the outfield this season. Canseco wasn't very well prepared, though: He almost never practices catching fly balls. Teammate Mike Greenwell asked Canseco prior to yesterday's game about his philosophy on playing defense. "Don't hit the ball to me," Canseco responded.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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