The New York Yankees secured their third win in the four game series over the Boston Red Sox thanks to an outstanding performance by new signing Carlos Beltran.
Beltran, 36, recorded three hits in four innings to secure the Yankees’ 3-2 victory whilst filling in at first base. The Puerto Rican, who is naturally a big-hitting outfielder, applied himself remarkably well to cover for the injured Francisco Cervelli.
Cervelli limped off the field with a hamstring problem and was replaced by Ichiro Suzuki, meaning Beltran had to play first baseman for the first time in his 16-year MLB career.
Cervelli’s injury added to the Yankees growing disabled list with Derek Jeter out due to stiff right quadriceps and Brain Roberts who need an MRI scan on his back.
Speaking MLB.com, Beltran said: “When they told me that I was going to first, a lot of things went through my mind. I was like, ‘Oh, God, I hope they don’t hit the ball to me.’ Thank God nobody hit the baseball to me.”
However, Beltran thrived playing in the field, by running out two Red Sox batsman to secure their seventh win of the season, moving their 2014 regular season record to 7-6.
The eight-time MLB All-Star joined the Yankees during the off season and has settled extremely well, scoring seven runs in 12 games, including the game-winning two-run homer against the Red Sox last night.
The forced change also worked well for Suzuki who made a superb catch in the eighth inning by robbing David Ortiz of an extra-base hit as the ball came off the bullpen wall.
The Yankees will prepare to face the Chicago Cubs in a two game series, which will celebrate Jackie Robinson day this Wednesday (April 16th).
The Red Sox, who have now lost eight games already this season will look to get their season back on track when they travel to city rivals Boston White Sox for a three-game series.
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