Sizemore shows another burst with first steal

Sizemore shows another burst with first steal
April 4, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Grady Sizemore steals third base against the Milwaukee Brewers in the Red Sox home opener. It was Sizemore's first steal since May 11, 2010.

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BOSTON -- Grady Sizemore knocked his first home run of the season back on Monday against the Orioles, but on Friday against the Brewers he made yet another statement -- perhaps his loudest yet -- to remind people of the player he once was.

In the bottom of the second inning of Opening Day at Fenway Park, Sizemore singled and moved to second on a throwing error. In a blink, he stole third. And it wasn't close.

The swipe was Sizemore's first since May 11, 2010. He stole two that day for the Indians in a game against the Royals.

"It felt good," Sizemore said after Boston's 6-2 loss. "Everything's been going good. Just out there trying to make a play and take advantage of them when we can."

Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier in the day that Sizemore would likely start both Friday and Saturday's games in center. The team will wait to make a decision on what to do for Sunday's series finale -- a day game following a night game.

Farrell did, however, mention that the Red Sox were looking ahead to a point in the season when Sizemore might eventually become an everyday player.

Sizemore is hoping for the same thing.

"We're building up to that," Sizemore said. "I think we're close. I certainly feel like I could do that right now, but it may not be the smartest thing. Just trying to be smart and understand what I've gone through and try to build up slowly."

As far as Sizemore is concerned, his slow integration into playing baseball on a daily basis has gone as smoothly as possible. He's comfortable being in the hands of Red Sox coaches and trainers, and he
doesn't feel the need to push himself beyond what they've asked of him.

"I think I'm putting my trust in them early on," Sizemore said. "Even if I do feel good, I'm trying to be smart. They've got me this far and got me feeling good so I'm going to kind of lean on them and follow the program."