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Mookie Betts, third baseman? Almost happened

BOSTON -- As if Mookie Betts (pictured) hasn't been doing enough these days -- next thing you know, he'll be standing in for meteorologist Matt Noyes and forecasting game-day weather on NECN -- he almost wound up playing third base Tuesday night.

Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was hit in the left foot by a pitch by Washington's Stephen Strasburg in the third inning, and stayed in the game, but after grounding out in the bottom of the fifth, he came out of the lineup.

Left fielder Hanley Ramirez, who played 90 games at third for the Marlins in 2012 after they signed shortstop Jose Reyes, was asked by manager John Farrell to grab an infielder's glove. Farrell said he gave Ramirez a choice between short, the position Ramirez played for the majority of his career, or third.

Farrell said he briefly considered moving Betts from center field to play third, a position he has never played.

"There was one thought about putting Mookie at third base because he's a former infielder," Farrell said of the converted second baseman. "Hanley said, 'Yeah, I'll do whatever you need me to do and ended up at third base. It was presented him the option of going to short or third based on what was most comfortable to him; he opted to go to third."

Ramirez played the final four innings at third, but handled no chances. Sandoval was good to go Wednesday afternoon, Farrell said, but he opted to have Brock Holt play the position, giving Sandoval (0 for 12 against lefties) a day off against Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez. Sandoval is 1 for 10 lifetime against Gonzalez.