Grady Sizemore kicked off his big week with a bang.
Sizemore on Tuesday launched his first home run as a member of the Boston Red Sox, a two-run blast that propelled the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte.
Rays starter Jake Odorizzi walked Mike Carp to begin the sixth inning with the score tied at 2. Rays manager Joe Maddon then turned to reliever Cesar Ramos, who left a pitch over the inner half of the plate, and Sizemore deposited it over the right field fence for his first home run since 2011.
Sizemore, who is continuing to work his way back after missing more than two years with injuries, is scheduled to play five games in six days this week, including three games in a row.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday the club likely won’t carry both Sizemore and Jackie Bradley Jr. on the major league roster out of camp — provided Shane Victorino is healthy — so this week could determine who will be Boston’s Opening Day center fielder.
Check out Sizemore’s first home run with the Red Sox in the video below.