Thursday, March 12, 2015

Travis Shaw Homers, Doubles in Boston Win over Yankees; A. J. Pollock, D'Backs Defeat Angels, 6-5

Players of the Day for Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Grapefruit League

Travis Shaw
The Boston Red Sox aren't wasting any time showing the Yankees they mean business this season.

On Wednesday, they banged around eight New York pitchers to the tune of 18 hits in a 10-6 romp over their most-hated rivals.

Leader of the hit parade was one Travis Shaw, who clubbed a homer and a double in four at-bats, and, for extra insult, stole a base, one of two attempts on the day for Boston base-runners.

A potential rookie with no major league experience, Shaw has been in the minors since 2011, spending last year between AA (Portland, Eastern League) and AAA (Pawtucket, International). Between the two teams he whacked 21 homers and drove in 78 runs in 2014.

He has some pop.

A. J. Pollock
Cactus League

Arizona is off to a good start, with a 6-2 record in the Cactus league, including Wednesday's 6-5 victory over the LA Angels.

The Diamondbacks roughed up LA starter, Jared Weaver, who worked the first three innings, allowing five hits, two walks and two earned runs while fanning three.

One of his main tormentors was leadoff hitter, A. J. Pollock, who was 2-for-4 (single, double) with three RBI.

A speedy center fielder, Pollock has been with the Diamondbacks for the past three seasons. Last year, he batted .302, stole 14 bases (caught just three times) and scored 41 runs in just 75 games. He's looking for increased time in the outfield this season, and, if he keeps producing the way he has thus far, he's likely to get it.

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