Iglesias finds success at the plate

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Iglesias finds success at the plate

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It would have been nicer had not the bottom of the ninth transpired as it did, with the Tampa Bay Rays rallying for six runs to overtake the Red Sox, 7-4.
But Jose Iglesias couldn't deny the obvious: this was a big night for him.
After starting the road trip 0-and-11, which included the now infamous at-bat in which his manager pinch-hit for him four pitches in, Iglesias enjoyed his best day as a major leaguer Thursday, collecting three hits, the last of which was his first homer in the big leagues.
"Definitely,'' agreed Iglesias, who carried an over 0-for-13 skid into the game. "No doubt.''
"Iggy was fantastic,'' said Bobby Valentine. "He had real good batting practice today. He was very aggressive and he took it right into the game. He swung at the first pitch twice and got a couple of singles and then swung hard and hit one out of the park. It seems like every game, his confidence has been building. He's been getting walks and having better at-bats.''
Iglesias had been just 2-for-35 this season before Thursday night, but suggested his approach at the plate hadn't undergone any adjustments.
"'I'm just trying to put the ball in play,'' he said. "Nothing changed. I've been doing the same thing the last few days. Fortunately,tonight, some balls found some holes.''
The homer, which he drove hard to left-center, was a special thrill.
Asked how he felt rounding the bases for the first time in the big leagues, he said: "Greatest feeling in the world.''
The clubhouse staff arranged for the retrieval of the ball as a souvenir, but not before his teammates gave him the customary cold shoulder upon his return to the dugout. Eventually, they relented and mobbed him with congratulations.
But almost as quickly as it happened, Iglesias turned his attenton to the final two weeks of the season, while maintaining the proper attitude.
"The most important thing,'' he said, "is to stay positive and not focus on the results.''
Even if, for one night, that was particularly hard to do.

Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

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Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

Mike Felger grills Jared Carrabis on if he thinks the Boston Red Sox lead in the division will last the season and also why David Price has struggled so far this season.

Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

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Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-7 win over the Yankees:

 

QUOTES

“I was talking to Chili Davis before he got to the mound, so I was trying to get a fastball.” - Christian Vazquez said on his game plan against Dellin Betances before he hit his go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh.

“He was still in good shape in terms of the number of pitches thrown. It didn’t seem like his stuff was backing up . . . I thought he was still strong . . . We knew what Alex had done in the previous couple of at-bats, but I just went out to check with him.” - John Farrell on his decision to leave David Price in the seventh to face Alex Rodriguez after he’d hit a home run and double in consecutive at-bats.

“I appreciate him leaving me out there in that situation against a guy that [had] hit the ball well against me twice . . . For them to stick with me today I really appreciate it.” - Price on Farrell leaving him in against Rodriguez in the seventh.

“He’d started me off with first pitch breaking ball both times. I was having a hard time picking it up all day. So I thought, let’s see if he does it again – and he threw it again.” - Travis Shaw on his two-run home run off Nathan Eovaldi in the fifth inning.

 

NOTES

* Of Travis Shaw’s 16 career home runs, seven have been on the first pitch. All three of his home runs against the Yankees have either tied the game or given Boston the lead.

* Both of Christian Vazquez’s career home runs have been two-run, tie-breaking shots at Fenway, with the other one coming in September of 2014.

* With his single to the left side in his second at-bat, Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends his hitting streak to eight games.

* Boston has stolen 22 bases in 24 attempts. The 2016 group is only the second Red Sox team in the last 20 years to steal as many as 22 bases in the first 25 games (2013 being the other team).

* Nathan Eovaldi notched three strikeouts, snapping his 6+ strikeout streak at eight games. He was tied with Rick Porcello for the longest active streak.

 

STARS

1) Christian Vazquez

His second career home run gave Boston the lead and insurance it needed.

2) Travis Shaw

After striking out twice against New York’s starter, Travis Shaw hit a no-doubt two-run homer to tie the game at 6-6.

3) Alex Rodriguez

After missing out on an RBI opportunity in his first at-bat, the Yankees’ DH took advantage of two big mistakes by David Price, blasting a homer and a double, knocking in three runs in the process.