Shoppach records first career triple

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Shoppach records first career triple

KANSAS CITY -- It's been a season of firsts for catcher Kelly Shoppach.

Last month, in the Red Sox' home opener, he recorded his first stolen base -- with great comic effect, going into a slide way before he reached the second base bag, providing some comic fodder for his teammates.

On Monday night, he added another milestone -- his first career triple. It came in the fourth when Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon backed up against the fence in left and couldn't hold onto Shoppach's long fly ball.

Shoppach raced to third and, after 1,525 career plate appearances, had his first three-bagger in the big leagues. Until Monday night, he had the fourth-most plate appearances for any major leaguer ever without a triple, including the most by an active player.

"It shouldn't be mathematically possible for me to run that far," joked the catcher. "I thought he was going to catch it. It was fun."

Shoppach said he knew "for a fact that I didn't (hit a triple) in college. I don't recall any in high school. Little League is too far away to really remember. Never as a professional, for sure."

Actually, Shoppach's memory failed him there. He had three in the minor leagues -- including two in one season.

But that didn't take away from the achievement.

"Now I have all the (statistical) columns filled -- except caught stealing," he said.

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.