Steve Pearce showered with sunflower seeds after hitting a two-run homer. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Steve Pearce stole the show in last night's Red Sox win when he joined Kevin Millar and Mo Vaughn as the only Sox players to homer three times in a game against the Yankees.
Pearce is batting .358 with four home runs, 12 RBI, and an OPS pushing 12-hundred in 18 games since joining Boston from Toronto in late-June. Sox have gone 14-and-4. Manager Alex Cora loves the addition.
"He gives me options throughout the game," Cora said. "He's a good player. He prepares. He's been around the league for a while, and you don't survive in this game if you're not a good player. They don't give you service time just to give you service time. He's one of those guys that, he's been grinding all his career. Gotta give credit today, he moved quick. We saw something that we needed, and then he pulled the trigger, and he's here."
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Pearce is enjoying the fit as well.
"This team, what we do on the field, what I like best is what we do off the field," he said. "We have so much fun. It's fun showing up at the park every day. And you see it--you see it when we play out there."
Another newbie, Ian Kinsler, is 4-for-10 with a pair of ribbies and two runs in his two games with the Sox.
Boston and New York will battle again tonight at 7:10 p.m.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports