July 16, 2024

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The Boston Red Sox got their second look at Corbin Burnes in Grapefruit League play on Saturday afternoon. It went surprisingly well.

Burnes got off to a good start against Boston’s offense in the first inning — two lineouts and a flyout ended the Sox’s half of the frame quickly. But the Red Sox made their presence known in the second inning.

Bobby Dalbec stepped up to the plate to lead off. He stood and watched two strikes whiz by. On the third pitch, he unloaded. Dalbec mashed a homer off the Orioles’ ace, his second long ball in four games.

And he wasn’t the only one to get to Burnes. Immediately after Dalbec’s trip around the bases, Wilyer Abreu stepped up to the plate. He, too, allowed Burnes to throw two pitches before taking him deep.

Dalbec and Abreu have been posting better offensive numbers in the back half of spring training and they’re making their case for the Red Sox Opening Day roster. The home runs off Burnes were both their second in Grapefruit League play this preseason.

Another player who began spring training slowly is starting to hit his stride. Jarren Duran posted a stellar night at the plate against the Twins on Friday. The speedy outfielder blasted his first homer of spring training — he went 3-for-4 at the dish with two runs and four RBI.

Rafael Devers also clocked his third home run of spring to go along with another hit, two runs and two RBI. Connor Wong added to his successful spring as well. The catcher went 2-for-2 with a run on Friday night — he’s batting .435/.480/.696 with a 1.176 OPS in his 10 Grapefruit League appearances. In 23 at-bats, he’s posted six doubles and he’s struck out just four times.

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