BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox may not have a team of All-Stars. But manager John Farrell said he knows why the Red Sox have not had any kind of a long losing streak in 2013.
"A reason for it is the overall depth on this team," said Farrell. "When guys need a down day, we can go to a quality player. [Mike] Carp [on Saturday] is a good example. He's had big hits over the course of the year.
"To me, it's the willingness to prepare and the depth of the roster."
Outfielder Daniel Nava has been a big factor in the roster depth Farrell refers to. Nava was scheduled not to play on Saturday. But when Mike Napoli was given a day off to rest a slight injury, Carp went to first base and Nava found himself in the Saturday lineup. All he did was go 2 for 3, with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in.
"I was playing against righties. Coming out of the All-Star Game, we saw a significant amount of lefties, so knowing from the start what my role was, I knew there were a lot of times where I wouldn't be playing," he said. "People can look it from one perspective. I feel like I'm still having good at-bats."
One look at the day-by-day results, and it's apparent that the Red Sox have yet to hit one of those long skids that many teams go through.
Before beating the Yankees 6-1 on Saturday, the Red Sox had dropped 6 of their last 8 games, including that 10-3 defeat to the Yanks Friday night at Fenway. That stretch included losing 2 of 3 at Toronto and 3 of 4 at Kansas City.
The worst stretches the Sox have had dates back to May 7-14, when they lost 6 of 7 in a stretch that saw them lose 3 straight twice sandwiched around a win over Toronto. Boston bounced back after that with a 5-game winning streak which included taking 2 of 3 from Tampa Bay and sweeping Minnesota on the road.
"We come out every day, and we're not looking, we're just playing one game at a time," Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew said. "We've done a good job of that the whole year. It's fun to be a part of."
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