Andrew Benintendi Thriving In Lead-Off Spot For Red Sox

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Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez celebrate a home run. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Benintendi celebrated his bobblehead night with a double, home run, two RBI, and a pair of runs in last night's 7-1 Red Sox thumping of the Tigers. Boston will try for the sweep tonight and a fifth straight win at 7 p.m.

Benintendi's homered five times his last 11 games and has 11 extra-base hits, a .391 average, and 13 RBI during the run. What's Andrew's key?

"Trying to hit it hard and just kind of be the lead-off man, I guess," he said. "And just get on-base and score runs."

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In a dozen games batting first, the outfielder's hitting.365 with 10 extra-base hits and 11 ribbies. Manager Alex Cora said he's enjoyed the show.

"He's been amazing, he's done an outstanding job for us," Cora said. "It's good to see him trying to go the other way against lefties. Overall, he's had a great start."

Jalen Beeks will make his MLB debut in place of Drew Pomeranz tonight. He's allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his 10 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket. Tigers will counter with Matthew Boyd. He has an E-R-A of 12 in two career starts against the Sox, and has never pitched at Fenway. Boston's outscored Detroit 13-1 in the series.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports

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