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Saturday, April 28, 2012

For Ryan Sweeney, It's The Change of Scenery

When the Red Sox acquired Ryan Sweeney and Andrew Bailey from the Oakland A's in the offseason, he was considered a platoon outfielder that would share time with right handed hitter Cody Ross. It's amazing how things can change in a hurry.

With the unfortunate injuries to Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford, came an opportunity for 27 year old Ryan Sweeney. To this point he has virtually erased the thought of Carl Crawford and his .255 batting average from a year ago and--along with Ross--has made Ellsbury's absence somewhat bearable.

After his most recent appearance--a 2 for 5 night against Philip Humber and the White Sox--Sweeney holds a .383 average, 10 doubles and 8 RBI in 60 AB this season.

Splitting time in Oakland last season, Sweeney put together a .265 BA, .346 OBP, 1HR and 25 RBI in 264 AB.

In recent years he has become known as a solid defender and an offensive underachiever, but the change from a pitchers ballpark at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum to the hitter friendly parks in the AL East may be just what this underachiever needed.

Whether or not the offense is for real remains to be seen, but for now the Red Sox will miss Carl Crawford a little less when Sweeney steps into the box.

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