Sox add another dirt dog in Brock Holt


Sox add another dirt dog in Brock Holt

So what do you want to know about infielder Brock Holt, who's coming to Boston with Joel Hanrahan?

Well, for starters, he's happy to be here . . .

Excited to join the @redsox!!! Looking forward to being part of something special!!! RedSoxNation

Brock Holt (@BrockStar4Lyf) December 26, 2012
What else?

Well, here's his page for all his basic information. (His minor-league numbers are here, and good numbers they are.) But what about the story behind those numbers?

From Baseball Prospectus 2012:

His future is at second base and his grit is off the charts, but he has to hit for average and draw walks to make up for a lack of obvious tools.

A dirt dog!

And the guys at seem to like him, especially when compared to other Pirates middle-infield hopefuls.

The Sox hit the jackpot -- at least a little -- when they liberated Pedro Ciriaco from the Pittsburgh system last offseason, and maybe they'll get a similar return from Holt. In any case, expect him to get a decent look in Fort Myers this spring.

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs


Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Orioles.



"If he has a boy, he ought to make him Mookie after tonight's outing.'' - John Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr., who left the team for a paternity leave after Mookie Betts slugged three homers.

"I know each day that I've got it. I wake up, I know I have it. I come to the field, I know I have it.'' - Xander Bogaerts on his ongoing hitting streak.

"He's probably one of the few guys, every time I see him hit, I think he's going to hit a homer. He's just that presence that he has in the batter's box.'' - Bogaerts on Betts.

"This is probably my best night; first time I've ever done that.'' - Betts, when asked where the game ranks individually for him in his career.

"I wanted to locate the heater good, not force it too much, don't try to throw hard - just try to throw strikes.'' - Eduardo Rodriguez on his season debut.



* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 24 games, second-longest in baseball this season.

* Bogaerts has hit safely in 36-of-38 games at a .399 clip with 33 runs scored and 23 driven in.

* Eduardo Rodriguez two runs or fewer in each of his three career starts at Camden Yards.

* The Sox had back-to-back homers (Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia) for the first time this season.

* Mookie Betts had a three-homer game for the first time in his career.

* Betts became the first Red Sox player to homer three times in the same game since Will Middlebrooks did so on April 7, 2013.

* The last time the Sox began a game with back-to-back homers was July 27, 2011 when Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia did so.

* The Red Sox scored multiple runs in the first inning for the 20th time in 51 games.

* David Ortiz extended his own hit streak to eight games.



1) Mookie Betts

Betts belted three homers -- one to left, one to center and one to right -- for the first time in his career and also contributed a brilliant diving catch in right in the seventh inning.

2) Eduardo Rodriguez

Rodriguez made his season debut and allowed two runs on six hits through six innings and didn't issue a single walk while fanning three.

3) Chris Young

Getting a rare start in center, Young made a spectacular catch to likely rob Manny Machado of a two-run homer, while drawing a walk and adding a single and a run scored.