There are plenty of reasons why the Red Sox are the top team in the AL East, but one of them is the overall plate aggressiveness of their lineup, and, not just a few guys, all of them.
The victory kept the Red Sox 2 1/2 in front of the Orioles and Yankees, both of which were winners Tuesday. Texas, recently feeling the heat from the fast-charging A's, got a break as Oakland lost at Milwaukee, 4-3, in 10 innings.
Game two of this first-place fray comes 7:00 pm EDT, Wednesday.
LA's win was largely the result of raw rookie Yasiel Puig, who had a super spring (.517, 3 HR, 11 RBI), but played in just his second game as a pro as the Dodgers scramble to overcome a rash of injuries.
Puig was 3-for-5 with a pair of homers, a double and five RBI, batting out of the leadoff spot. The 22-year-old Cuban outfielder had two hits in his debut game on Monday, and set of fireworks with his outstanding performance in his second start.
His first homer - a three-run poke - erased a 5-2 Padres lead in the fifth and his two-run belt in the sixth finished the Dodgers' scoring.
Puig figures to be in the starting lineup regularly, and surely in Wednesday's series finale at 7:10 pm PDT, where the Dodgers will be looking for the sweep and an escape for last place.
Today's Trivia: Who is the current active leader in career plate appearances? (answer tomorrow)
Yesterday's Answer: Ubaldo Jiminez tied Ian Kennedy with 16 wild pitches for the NL lead in 2010, then had the same number of wild ones, leading the AL in 2012.