Heyward recognized Kalish's talent

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Heyward recognized Kalish's talent

BOSTON -- The diving catch stood out to Jason Heyward.

He made some plays that would qualify as web gems out in center field, for sure, the Atlanta Braves right fielder recalled.

Before Heyward and Boston Red Sox center fielder Ryan Kalish faced off at Fenway Park on Saturday, they battled as minor leaguers in 2008.

Heyward was an 18 year old on the Rome Braves, Kalish was 20 and playing for the Greenville Drive. Both were highly touted prospects. Heyward quickly recognized Kalishs potential.

He played the game really hard, Heyward said. He was a tough out at the plate and he played great defense... There were some plays where he dove and caught balls on the warning track, throwing runners out. I actually remember throwing him out but he tried to catch it, so he just has that aggressive mindset. Hes a fun guy to watch play baseball.

Heyward is in his third season with the Braves while Kalish is in his second with the Red Sox after missing last year with an injury. Heyward wasnt surprised to see Kalish this season at Fenway Park.

You could tell, if he wanted to, he could make it, he said. Its all a process for all of us at that time. We take it as far as we want to take it. You could tell, if he wanted to keep going, he could. And clearly he has.

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Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

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Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.