NEW YORK — Jackie Bradley Jr. had his first career hit, a single to center that drove in a run in the third inning. He has been on base five times in his first 10 plate appearances for the 2-0 Red Sox and made several nice plays in the field.
That’s why the Sox kept him. Bradley is a player who can make a difference.
“It’s a big thrill. You always want to get the first one out of the way. I’m glad I did it,” Bradley said of his RBI single in third inning. “It was a big opportunity right there and I got an RBI out of it, too. It was pretty sweet.”
The ball was tossed into the Red Sox dugout and ended up on the shelf in Bradley’s locker. He didn’t know it was there until a reporter pointed it out.
“There it is,” said Bradley, whose parents were at the game. “I didn’t even know. It snuck up there.”