Valentine seeing what he has in Iglesias

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Valentine seeing what he has in Iglesias

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Until he arrived in Florida last month, manager Bobby Valentine said he never watched shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias play in person.

In the last few days, Valentine has had an opportunity to watch Iglesias play a few games, hitting him in the leadoff spot to give the flashy infielder additional plate appearances.

There's little dispute about Iglesias's defensive aptitude, but his offense needs work.

"(The at-bats) have been OK," said Valentine Monday before Iglesias hit leadoff again against the Minnesota Twins Monday night at Hammond Stadium. "I don't think his technique is what he needs it to be, but his at-bats have been good.

"We start adding a little more technique, a little more rhythm, something to give him the ability to recognize the pitch a little earlier so he can time it when it gets to the plate, I think he might be close."

Valentine termed Iglesias "outstanding," when it comes to willingness to learn and improve.

Valentine has already noted that Iglesias is skilled at tracking popups, referencing two running catches the shortstop made in a game against the Twins last Thursday.

"He has a special tracking device on fly balls," Valentine said, "unique to very few. And he has a special ability to transfer the ball from glove to hand. That's all I've gotten to see. I don't know about the specialness of moving off the bat and range and game-awareness -- those things.

"But I can tell you that he can transfer the ball (from glove to hand) from a longer distance than just about anybody I've ever seen. And he has the GPS in his mind. He can really track pop-ups. I dare say that no one (else) in this camp (could have made those plays last week). Very few others -- Ozzie (Smith), Rey Ordonez could do that."

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.