Mookie Betts has been hotter than the Florida sun this spring training.
The Boston Red Sox right fielder is batting .306 (11-for-36) with a 1.028 OPS, four RBIs and four home runs in 12 games this spring, and one of those dingers came Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals in a rain-shortened game. Betts launched an absolute moon shot over Jet Blue Park’s Green Monster in the fifth inning to put the Sox up 3-1.
Betts also made a nice play in the outfield, nabbing speedy Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong at second after catching Stephen Piscotty’s fly out.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval got the Red Sox’s hit parade started in the fourth, though, when he brought in Hanley Ramirez on a two-run home run.
Right-hander Joe Kelly earned the win in Boston’s five-inning 3-1 victory over St. Louis. Kelly gave up five hits, including a home run, over 4 2/3 innings, but he also struck out five.
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Thumbnail photo via Boston Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts in the outfield against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium.