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New Era Red Sox Continue Resurgence in August

There is no magical button that allows a Major League Baseball team to undo three quarters of their season, but a new feeling is sweeping through the clubhouse at Fenway Park of late.

Of course, not all of it is positive. John Farrell the Boston Red Sox manager is not present as he is being treated for lymphoma, but the rest of the change is more than welcome.

Dave Dombrowski arrived as baseball operations president and everything on Yawkey Way seems open for debate.

Roster spots and playing time both short and long term have all become negotiable.

The only things inevitable is the next game with another opportunity to advance or regress.

It seems some players have their second wind amidst the chaos of this season.

Travis Shaw a rookie is playing great and he is content as long as he is in the lineup and has a locker. At home, the 25 year old is hitting at a .522 clip with a slugging percentage of .978. He says things have clicked since his arrival and he wants to ride it as far as it will go.

Through 24 big league games in Boston, Shaw is batting .382 while he only batted .249 this past season in Pawtucket. He hit 5 home runs all season in Triple-A and already has 6 for the Red Sox.

When Mike Napoli was traded to Texas, the first base job was Shaw’s to nail down and it looks as if he will not be giving it up any time soon.

Jackie Bradley Jr. has shown his value of late. While it looks as if he will platoon for the near future with Rusney Castillo, his play the past week has separated him from Castillo.

He has reached based in 12 straight games, with nine straight extra base hits. He has also played like a Gold Glove candidate the entire season.

Torey Lovullo the interim manager is under review as well with every other facet of the operation at Fenway. He was asked by reporters following the game on Thursday if he would move Shaw or Bradley in the batting order. His answer underscored the sentiment around Fenway of late.

He said he wanted to give everyone an opportunity. Everything is open and everyone will have the same opportunity as the season approaches its end. The Sox have won three straight and 6 of 10, with each win making it easier to forget the first three quarters of the season.





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