Carlos Santana says he's playing with sore left groin and it's hurting his hitting.

Well this a change from an earlier report in which Terry Francona expressed concern over supposed comments made by Santana that the position switches have affected his hitting. If it's an injury, then the team can deal with it appropriately, but if it's the position-switching that has him all twisted up, then Francona needs to find him a permanent home on the field and stick with it. This sounds like it could be a hot discussion over the next several days, so prepare yourself. Santana is currently batting .186 with no home runs and just one RBI.ANALYST: Howard Bender