Aviles a pleasant surpise for Sox; comes through again


Aviles a pleasant surpise for Sox; comes through again

MIAMI -- Two and a half months into the season, David Ortiz leads the Red Sox in RBI with 38, which isn't terribly surprising.

But Mike Aviles being second on the team with 37? That's hardly to be expected.

Aviles collected another RBI Tuesday night and it proved to be huge, since it was the difference in the Red Sox' 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins, snapping a four-game Sox losing streak.

The shortstop came up in the seventh with two outs and Kelly Shoppach on second and the Sox leading 1-0.

"I was just trying to battle and not hit the ball in the infield," said Aviles. "That's really what I've been doing the last few ABs. I was just trying see the ball up and I was fortunate enough that the ball blooped in."

The Sox came into Tuesday having averaged just 3.1 runs per game over the previous eight contests, during which they hit just .221

The two runs Tuesday night hardly represented a breakout for the offense. But the fact that the Sox have been struggling at the plate put an extra premium on every run.

"We haven't been scoring the runs that we normally can score," said Aviles. "We were fortunate to put a couple hits together there and get the win."

Not only is Aviles nipping at Ortiz's heels for the team lead in RBI, but he also leads all major league shortstops in RBI.

"That's kind of cool, I guess," said Aviles. "That just show you how good an offense this team really has, because I feel like I bat with someone on base all the time. I'm just fortunate enough to get hits in those at-bats.

"I try to have good at-bats and help any way I can. I know that if I come up to the plate with someone in scoring position or on base, any hit can help out. The way the pitchers have been throwing the ball lately, we need to put those runs on the board."

Not that Aviles' only contribution came with the bat. He also turned a huge double play with a backhand stab of a hard grounder from Hanley Ramirez with one on and no out in the sixth. In a scoreless game at the time, that started a big 6-4-3 double play.

"I know the surface here plays pretty quick," said Aviles. "Hanley hit that ball pretty good. It was more like I wanted to get down and at least knock it down and if I caught it, I was going to try to turn to. But I wanted to make sure that ball didn't get to the outfield because I didn't want them to get a rally going."

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17


Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.