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Cameron brings ‘sexiness, color’ back to lineup

Mike Cameron

Boston Red Sox’s Mike Cameron hits an RBI double in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, May 30, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


Mike Cameron returned to the Red Sox’s lineup on Sunday after missing five straight games with abdominal soreness. When asked what he hoped to bring to the batting order after such a long absence, here’s what he shared with the Providence Journal’s Dan Barbarisi:

“Sexiness and color,” Cameron laughed, before getting serious. “No, It’s going to be kind of cool. I get a chance one more time to run out here and see if I can play some baseball.”

Cameron is batting a healthy .271 with a .364 on-base percentage this year, but he’s struggled to stay active through a range of injuries. The 37-year-old missed 34 games earlier this season due to an ab strain and he hasn’t played in over 150 games since 2007. He’ll start about three times a week until the abdomen soreness fully dissipates.

That means both Bill Hall and Darnell McDonald will remain regularly-seen members of the Boston outfield. In fact, they’re both starting today alongside Cameron, marking the first time in 10 years that the Red Sox have featured an all African-American starting outfield. Good to see.