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The talk of the Red Sox world seems to be the playing time distribution of the corner infielders, catchers, and DHs (Ok, people are also worried about starting pitching, and most anything else depending on the day as well. But I digress.).

The Sox have six players with starting credentials and four spots. The players are Youk, Victor Martinez, Mike Lowell, Papi, Tek and Casey Kotchman. Seems like there are a lot of theories out there on how to make this work. Really though, there is one answer and it's exactly what they're doing now.

Youkilis and V-Mart will play every day. They are your third and clean-up hitters, good or great fielders who can each play two hard positions.

Kotchman is good, but he's a bench player. He'll probably play first when Wake pitches until further notice because if Wake can't walk you don't want Lowell at third, and with Martinez catching him, Youk has to play third. Kotchman is our first base Miribelli.

That leaves two spots for Lowell, Papi and Tek. The best line up has Tek sitting. That said, Martinez is not an everyday catch so he should start about 2 days a week at first.

So, Tek catches Lester and Beckett. Kotchman firstbases Wake for now. That means Lowell plays third and Ortiz DH's when Buchholz and Tazawa pitch. On the other three days, they platoon at DH.

Simple.

This is a great problem to have. If anyone thinks that Lowell or Papi will cause a problem, I highly disagree. In hockey, Lowell would wear an A on his jersey. And Papi just wants to be loved after the "steroid" scandal

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