Ross has good swing for Fenway replica

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Ross has good swing for Fenway replica

FORT MYERS, Fla. It's been said Cody Ross has the perfect swing for Fenway Park a righthanded hitter strong enough to pull the ball, with an uppercut swing.

It will be another month before Ross can put that theory to the test the Sox' home opener isn't until April 13 but if Saturday is any indication, there's something to that theory.

Getting his first game swings at JetBlue Park, which is modeled after Fenway, Ross hit two homers over The Wall in left, including a grand slam.

"Obviously, any time you swing the bat well whether it's Little League or if it's against college pitching or major league pitching it feels good," said Ross after the Sox blanked Northeastern 25-0. "I like it. It plays a lot better to my swing than a lot of parks that I've played in.

"But it's something you can't get too concerned about. You have to stay with your game and try to hit the ball wherever they pitch it. Today, they left a couple out over the plate."

"He got a couple of balls up," said manager Bobby Valentine, "and was able to elevate them and hit the high fly ball like he does. We've all seen that swing before in post-season, haven't we, in the Giants' march (to the World Series in 2010). He's got that swing and I think it will play at Fenway."

Ross spent his last five seasons with either Pro Player Park (or Dolphin Stadium) in Miami or AT&T Park in San Francisco as his home ballpark. Both are spacious; neither is helpful to hitters.

Fenway, of course, can be very inviting for hitters.

"I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought about (how I'd do in more of a hitter's park)," he said. "Any hitter who claims to have some power wants to hit in a hitter's ballpark. It just so happens that Fenway fits well for righthanded swings."

"But I try not to think about it too much. You can get yourself into a lot of trouble thinking about that wall the whole time. I'll take what I got today and try to get better."

Regardless of the environment, Ross has a checklist of things he wants to do at the plate this season: stay balanced, keep his hands back and not get out in front of pitches.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.