Found March 25, 2013 on NESN.com:
We’re taught at a young age that hard work is rewarded. Perhaps there should be a disclaimer. Jackie Bradley Jr. added to his impressive spring resume (again) on Monday, and he’s making it harder and harder (again) to defend any decision other than penciling him into the Red Sox’ Opening Day starting lineup. Bradley entered Monday’s game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, and he promptly lined a game-tying, two-run single up the middle off Pedro Strop. Then, with the Red Sox trailing 12-9 with two outs in the ninth, Bradley lined a triple over the head of right fielder Conor Jackson. The 2-for-2 performance raised Bradley’s spring average to .444 (24-for-54). His on-base percentage now sits at a remarkable .523, and his OPS is through the roof at 1.190. What’s even more amazing about Bradley’s spring is that the outfielder’s offensive game has never really been considered his bread and butter. The 22-year-old holds a career .311 average and .423 on-base percentage in 138 minor...
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