Victorino To Ditch Switch-Hitting Experiment

Source: Jerry Crasnick |

RedSox_Shane_Victorino_2013BOSTON — Shane Victorino’s return to switch-hitting turned out to be just a temporary fling for the Boston Red Sox.

The right fielder surprised American League Championship Series observers when he settled in the batter’s box from the left side of the plate against Anibal Sanchez in the first inning of the Red Sox’s 4-3 victory over Detroit at Comerica Park on Thursday.

After going 0-for-3 and failing to get the ball out of the infield in three at-bats against Sanchez, Victorino swung around to the right side and struck out swinging against right-handed relievers Jose Veras and Al Alburquerque.

It marked the first time that Victorino, a career switch-hitter, had batted from the left side since Sept. 3.

Victorino said he decided to bat left-handed after discussing the idea with Boston manager John Farrell before Game 5. Victorino faced Sanchez routinely when they were playing in the National League East — Victorino with Philadelphia and Sanchez with Miami — and is a career .233 hitter (10-for-43) against Sanchez during the regular season.