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Rutledge brings versatility to Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Red Sox may already have All-Star utility man Brock Holt on their roster, but on Wednesday night, the club welcomed another player well-accustomed to moving around the diamond.

Josh Rutledge, a 26-year-old infielder acquired from the Angels in Monday's Shane Victorino trade, made his Red Sox debut in a 9-2 loss to the White Sox at Fenway Park. He entered the game in the sixth inning as a replacement for third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who was removed due to dehydration, and went 0-for-2 at the plate.

"I knew Pablo was kind of feeling a little dizzy the inning before, so I started getting ready then," said Rutledge. "So it really wasn't a big deal. I was already warmed up and ready to go in."

Rutledge came to Boston with Major League experience at shortstop (140 games), second base (82 games) and third base (five games). The two middle infield positions are where he feels most comfortable, but that didn't prevent him from making a nice defensive assist at the hot corner on a seventh-inning groundout.

"I would say the position I've played the most is probably shortstop," Rutledge said. "Second base, I started playing it more starting in 2012. I've got a lot of games there, too. Most recently, last year was kind of my first time at third base since high school. I've been playing more there this year, too. Just kind of rotating around every position."

Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for
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