Now with A's, Reddick makes return to Fenway


Now with A's, Reddick makes return to Fenway

BOSTON -- Josh Reddick stood in front of his locker at Fenway Park on Monday afternoon. But there was something missing.

His coveted WWE championship belt was nowhere to be found.

"I've got the wrestling belt over my locker in Oakland," said Reddick. "We took the transition with us. I couldn't leave that puppy behind."

Reddick makes his return to Fenway for the first time since being traded in the offseason for the now-injured reliever Andrew Bailey.

He starts in right field and hits third, in between Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes. Reddick has appeared in 22 of Oakland's previous 23 games to begin the season, and while he enjoyed playing in Boston, he also enjoys being an everyday outfielder.

"It's been fun," said Reddick before Monday's game. I'm still kind of getting used to the everyday starting thing. It's a little different, but I'm loving it. This is what I've been growing up and wanting to do my whole life. So I'm just enjoying the ride as long as I can."

Reddick is hitting .267 with three home runs and six RBI in 90 at-bats, while leading the team in runs scored with 11, entering the series against his old team.

Before the game, Reddick reflected on his time in Boston, and said that the transition to being an everyday player has been a lot easier, thanks to the help of a few former Red Sox teammates.

"I've learned to adapt a lot better," said Reddick. "Last year was a big step for me, being in that other clubhouse with guys like Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia. They taught me how to do it every day, and they've been doing it for years. How to mentally prepare and physically prepare, and just go out there and leaving it all out on the field. That's one thing I've taken pride in, is leaving it all out on the field, but learning how to adapt and make changes is a big step for me."

Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win


Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win

The Boston Red Sox put up six runs in the first inning and coasted to a 9-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. led the way for the Red Sox with four and three RBI respectfully. Both outfielders had two-run home runs in the Sox’ big first inning.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up one earned run in four innings, his ERA for the spring is now 0.68.

The Red Sox are back in action again on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m when Rick Porcello makes his final spring training start against the Minnesota Twins.

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Infielder Marco Hernandez may make the Red Sox roster after all.

Fellow infielder Josh Rutledge, the presumptive 25th man on the Red Sox, suffered a left hamstring strain on Tuesday against the Pirates, according to reporters in Florida, including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

If Rutledge isn’t ready for opening day, Hernandez, a left-handed hitter, may have his crack. 

The question is whether the Sox would be comfortable without a right-handed bat to complement both Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland on the corners. Rutledge was going to give the Sox that right-handed look they sought. (When Hanley Ramirez's shoulder will be healthy enough to play first base is unclear, but isn't expected to be too long.)

Neither Rutledge nor Hernandez has played first base in the majors or minors.

A big-league rookie last year, Hernandez has done decently against lefties at the upper levels of the minors, hitting .328 vs. them at Triple-A Pawtucket last season in 67 at-bats. He hit .315 in 54 at-bats at Pawtucket, with a .318 average against them that season in 88 at-bats for Double-A Portland.

Rutledge is a Rule 5 draft pick who has to remain on the major league 25-man roster the whole season or the Sox risk losing him. Placement on the disabled list doesn’t affect his status unless he’s on the disabled list for a very lengthy time.

An alternative option is Steve Selsky, who has first-base experience, but he's already been optioned.