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June 14, 2014

Red Sox notebook: Francona talks about Holt, Bradley's catch

BOSTON — Leadoff hitter Brock Holt's one hit yesterday was a part of a big seventh-inning rally.

He singled to center field with the Red Sox ahead 5-3 over Cleveland after No. 9 batter Jackie Bradley Jr. began the seventh inning with a single to center.

Bradley Jr. alertly took third base on Holt's hit and then both scored when Dustin Pedroia doubled to make it 7-3.

The Red Sox won 10-3, posting a double-digit run total for the very first time this season.

"I don't think evaluating other team's players is really that healthy but I like him," Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said about Holt, laughing. "I think that a guy that hits left-handed, can run and can play probably every position on the field has a chance to have a nice career — and is probably more valuable to a manager than what his numbers are. But his numbers are really good."

FRANCONA ON BRADLEY'S CATCH

Jackie Bradley Jr.'s tremendous running catch near the 379 marker in left-center field Thursday night at Fenway Park turned into an even prettier play when he fired to first base to double off Cleveland's Mike Aviles.

Bradley's one-hopper to first ended the inning.

"That, to me, is the easiest way for an outfielder to throw: when you come off the wall and your momentum is coming this way (back to infield), all your mechanics fall into place automatically," Francona said about Bradley's play before today's game.

"That was a great play," Francona added. "The fact that he caught the ball after running in, you don't want to get doubled-up when you're down, but he would have doubled me up, too."

Bradley did step forward before running back to his right to make the catch.

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