In the nascent days of fantasy basketball, our rosters reflected the rosters of NBA teams, who used the five classic positions (point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center). Those labels were pretty specific — the point guard brought the ball up the court and directed the offense, the shooting guard was responsible for scoring from outside, a smaller forward was on the wing, the bigger forward worked into the paint and the center stayed in the paint.
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Jay Bruce moved up to Encarnacion’s cleanup spot against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, and Brantley batted seventh.
“Just thought it was a place where we could break up the right-handers and not put so much glare on him,” Francona said. “He’ll find a way to help us win.”
Brantley, who went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts after replacing Encarnacion in Game 2, missed Cleveland’s run to the World Series last year and sat out 50 games after Aug. 8 this season with an ankle Cheap Volleyball Jerseys ligament injury. The two-time All-Star hasn’t had a chance to play much since returning.
“It’s not ideal. I think he’d say that. But if anybody can find his swing, it’s Brantley. There’s not very many moving parts,” Francona said. “He can fend balls off if he needs to. He can fight for himself. I think if we have an injury, it’s awful nice having him able to slide in there. We hit him seventh tonight just because he hasn’t been playing much. He’s not a 7 hitter.”