Shane Victorino says he should be the Red Sox’ starting right fielder

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The Red Sox have a lot of outfielders. A WHOLE lot of outfielders. Including Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, Yoenis Cespedes, Hanley Ramirez, Daniel Nava, Allen Craig, Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Brock Holt. They also have Shane Victorino, coming back from back surgery. And as he tells Rob Bradford of WEEI, he thinks that he’s the man in right field:

“If you think there’s somebody better in right, be my guest,” he said. “Obviously health will dictate that. But if I’m healthy if there’s a better outfielder in right field then show me and go out there and do it. I’m not saying that in a cocky or arrogant way. It’s just how confident I am to know I should be the starting right fielder.”

That health is the key, of course. If he is healthy, yes, he should be the starter. He’s probably the best defensive option in right and if he’s close to where he was offensively in 2013 he’s one of the better bats too.

But there are a lot of ifs in all of that, including the if regarding who will be on the Sox’ roster come spring training. Because you have to figure they’ll be trading an outfielder or two.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.