Bradley Jr. continues to make case to stay with Sox

Bradley Jr. continues to make case to stay with Sox
March 25, 2013, 6:15 pm
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SARASOTA, Fla. –  If Jackie Bradley does not make the Red Sox, someone is going to have some explaining to do. He is making it difficult for the Red Sox to justify keeping him off the roster.
 
Coming off the bench in Monday’s 12-9 loss to the Orioles to pinch-hit and play center field, Bradley went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI. He is now hitting .444, going 24-for-54 in 24 games, with a .523 on-base percentage, and .667 slugging percentage.
 
And with the Sox likely without the services of left-handed hitters David Ortiz and Stephen Drew to start the season, Bradley’s hot left-handed bat would certainly come in handy.
 
Bradley’s performance against the O’s came on the heels of his outing Sunday in Clearwater against the Phillies, where he went 1-for-3 with a run scored, four RBI, and two strikeouts. The left-handed hitting Bradley stroked a three-run home run in his first at-bat, facing Phillies lefty  Cliff Lee.
 
With the Sox trailing by two runs in the seventh inning Monday, Bradley pinch-hit for Brock Holt. Facing Pedro Strop, Bradley’s single to center drove in Lyle Overbay and Mike Carp to tie the game.
 
Against O’s minor league left-hander Chris Petrini with  two outs in the ninth, Bradley drove a curveball to the wall in right field for a triple.
 
“Against a good pitcher in Strop and a lefty who had decent stuff,” said manager John Farrell. “He takes a strike and is not afraid to hit deep into the count and gets a breaking ball in the middle of the plate. Very consistent approach. And even more impressive was that after yesterday where some lefthanders tied him up a little bit, he came back against a lefthander with some quality stuff and put a good swing on the ball.”
 
“Stick to the approach,” Bradley said. “I definitely wanted to take a pitch to -- we’re down at the end of the game -- I wanted to see if [I] could work out a walk. He looked like he was throwing strikes to the first two batters. But I still wanted to see a pitch, try to make him work a little bit.”
 
Bradley is not concerned with the decision the Sox have to make – except for the logistics.
 
“You always want to know where you’re going to go just so you can make arrangements, if you got to get an apartment or something,” he said. “But everything’s at the last minute. So not only are ya’ll waiting. I am, too.”
 
It was jokingly suggested to him that he could find a host family.
 
“Yeah, why not?,” he said with a smile. “The living room couch. I’ll do it.”