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Red Sox vs. Angels: Bad at being bad

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They've only had one losing season in recent memory, and the young talent just wasn't ready to play a part in the latter half of 2012. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that the Red Sox aren't very good at taking advantage of this whole "being bad" thing.

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The Red Sox clearly just do not understand this "player development" phase of a lost season.

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Brock Holt - CF Kole Calhoun - RF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Mike Trout - DH
David Ortiz - DH Albert Pujols - 1B
Yoenis Cespedes - LF Josh Hamilton - CF
Mike Napoli - 1B Erick Aybar - SS
Daniel Nava - RF Howie Kendrick - 2B
Xander Bogaerts - SS David Freese - 3B
Will Middlebrooks - 3B Hank Conger - C
Christian Vazquez - C Collin Cowgill - LF
Clay Buchholz - RHP Garrett Richards - RHP

Of the last four games, Jackie Bradley Jr. will have started one, and I really just don't get it.

Dustin Pedroia is getting every start possible. He has better than 5,000 career plate appearances. He could miss the last seven weeks of the season and be no worse off headed into 2015. Hell, the extra time off might even do him some good.

Hell, the same goes for David Ortiz and Mike Napoli.

The Red Sox shouldn't be straight-up benching these guys for long periods of time. They probably wouldn't appreciate it any more than the fans headed to the games would. But when you can get playing time for your two longest-tenured veterans but not for a player like Jackie Bradley Jr. when 13 games below .500 you're doing it wrong.

Fix it, Farrell.

First pitch is at 9:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.