Andrew Benintendi. (Brian Davidson/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Fresh off a four-hit game to lift his average to .293, Andrew Benintendi's a candidate for the Final Vote to the American League All-Star squad. Andrelton Simmons. Eddie Rosario, Jean Segura and Giancarlo Stanton are the other options. Voting runs thru 4 p.m. Wednesday at redsox.com and mlb.com.
The outfielder's reached base in 12 of his last 14 plate appearances, including 10 straight over the weekend. That stretch includes five walks, and manager Alex Cora said patience is a big part of Benintendi's success.
"I always look at the walks," Cora said. "When guys are struggling and all of a sudden you look and there's no walks in 50 at-bats or whatever, he was expanding a little bit, and he put some good at-bats a few nights ago, he started walking ... The thing with Andrew, he gets on and he puts pressure, because everybody knows he's been running this season. He's a threat at first. He might change the sequence of the pitcher because he might go, and he helps the other hitters out."
So, is Andrew feeling good at the plate?
"I feel like I'm doing pretty good, just trying to keep it simple," he said.
Sox-Rangers tonight at Fenway Park. You can vote for Benintendi to be an All-Star here.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports