Box Score Bank: Seitzer goes for six

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Box Score Bank: Seitzer goes for six

The Twins are in town, and Sox excitement is at a low. So lets pass some time with a quick trip to the Box Score Bank.

Hows 25 years ago sound?

OK, good.

So here we go . . . August 2, 1987.

Beverly Hills Cop II was No. 1 at the box office. Bob Segers "Shakedown" was atop the Billboard charts. Two months earlier, Reagan told Gorbachev to TEAR DOWN THIS WALL; a month later, Michael Jackson released Bad. Bobby Valentine was in his third year as a Major League manager. Dustin Pedroia was 3 . . .

And over at Kaufman Stadium, Kansas Citys Kevin Seitzer was making history against the Red Sox.

Final Score: Royals 13, Red Sox 5

Seitzers line for the day: 6-for-6, with two home runs, four runs and seven RBI; a ridiculous performance that makes him one of only 15 American Leaguers to have six hits in a game since '87.

Its an interesting list of player, that includes Hall of Famers like Kirby Puckett and Cal Ripken Jr., forgotten heroes like Joe Randa and Kevin Reimer, and even Frank Catalanotto, who believe it or not, didnt have his big game against the Sox.

In fact, none of them did. That makes Seitzer the last opponent to have a six-hit a game against the Red Sox and it happened 25 years ago . . . TODAY. (I'll give you a second to pick your jaw up off the ground.)

As for the rest of the game, it was uglier than Willie McGee. Bob Stanley started for the Sox and gave up four runs in three and two thirds innings, while Steve Crawford and Calvin Schiraldi combined to surrender another nine.

Most of the Sox offense was a product of the great Dwight Evans, who hit two home runs and knocked in three. Sam Horn went 0-3 for the Sox, making this one of the few games that summer in which he didn't hit a bomb. Wade Boggs went 1-2 to improve his average to .371, and would go on to win the third of his four-straight AL batting titles.

Finally, let's wrap this up with a trivia question: Can you name the last Major Leaguer to have six hits in a game?

A hint: The date was August 11, 2009 in a game between the Brewers and Padres.

The answer: Right here

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.


 

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

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Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17. 

With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games. 

The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.