MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- When Alex Cora went to Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi shortly after the World Series and informed them he wanted to flip them in the Red Sox batting order -- with Benintendi taking over the leadoff spot and Betts dropping to No. 2 -- both players were receptive to the change.
"I was all for it,'' said Benintendi. "It makes sense. I've hit leadoff before. I'm going to try to set the tone, like Mookie did last year. It will be fun. I'm looking forward to it.''
Despite the team's championship season and finishing first in most offensive categories, Benintendi wasn't surprised the Sox wanted to change things up.
"Not really,'' he said. "You've got the MVP (Betts) and he's capable of driving in 100-plus (runs) and maybe hitting me leadoff and him second will give him more RBI chances and more chances to drive in more runs.''
Benintendi vowed to not change his approach at the plate despite the new assignment.