Alex Cora confirms Mookie Betts will remain in Red Sox leadoff spot for now

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Alex Cora entered the new Red Sox season with Andrew Benintendi batting leadoff and Mookie Betts batting second, and it's only taken a few games for Boston's manager to swap them in the lineup. 

Cora confirmed on MLB Network radio Tuesday that Betts will go back to the leadoff spot and Benintendi will bat second. He did not commit to how long the strategy will last, however, but this is how it will go in the short term.

Betts batting leadoff makes the most sense for the Red Sox. Nearly all of his 2018 at-bats came in that spot in the order. He hit .346 with 32 home runs, 79 RBI and 81 walks in the leadoff spot in 2018 en route to winning the American League MVP. Betts has struggled out of the gate in 2019, batting 5-for-23 with one home run and four strikeouts.

Benintendi is 2-for-12 with four strikeouts in the leadoff position through five games this season. It's obviously a small sample size, and Benintendi did hit .322 in 87 at-bats as the leadoff hitter last year, but Cora apparently has seen enough to make the switch following Boston's disappointing 1-4 start.

The Red Sox offense hasn't been horrible, scoring 24 runs in five games so far. It needs to be a little more consistent, though, especially with the starting pitchers struggling mightily the first time through the rotation. 

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