Cherington: 'Still trying to find solutions'

BOSTON -- With the designation of Grady Sizemore and Brock Holt’s debut in center field specifically in mind, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington on Tuesday offered an assessment on his team’s current situation.

“It’s symbolic of the fact that things haven’t happened, particularly on the offensive side, the way we wanted or hoped. We’re still trying to find solutions,” Cherington said. “I still think we will and we can, but it’s an ongoing thing.”

The Red Sox entered Tuesday at 32-38, 8½ games out of first in the AL East. A large reason for this has been the offense, which has scored the second-fewest number of runs in the American League.

“It’s always hard to find good bats,” Cherington said. “We think we have some of them here that will continue to be better than what they have been so far.”

“The more good hitters you have, the better chance you have to score runs. It’s up to us to always be searching for that and trying to fill the rosters with as many good hitters as possible. That’s an ongoing thing.

“That said -- it is unusual not to score runs at Fenway Park. Even in years where the Red Sox haven’t been very good that’s something that the team has done. It’s just been a combination of things. That area hasn’t clicked. We’ll keep trying to find solutions for it.”

In 37 games at Fenway, the Red Sox have averaged four runs per game, a run lower than their average in 2013 (5.2).