First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals:
David Price turned in his second straight strong start
That may not sound like much of an achievement, given his salary and stature, but this marks the first time this season that Price has been dominant in back-to-back starts. Prior to these two, Price had been decidedly inconsistent.
He wasn't as overpowering Wednesday night as he was against Houston last weekend, but then, Kansas City is a tougher team and puts the ball in play more. Price may have only fanned four, but he methodically carved up the Royals' lineup, allowing only four hits while retiring eight of the last nine hitters he faced.
Christian Vazquez is beginning to contribute at the plate, too
Vazquez's calling card is his defense and work with the pitchers, but he's capable of chipping in with some offense, too.
On Wednesday night, Vazquez was 2-for-4 and in his last five starts Vazquez is 7-for-14, lifting his average from .208 to the current .254, a more respectable figure.
Vazquez isn't ever going to be known as an offense-first catcher, but he needn't be the automatic out in the bottom of the order that he appeared to be in the first few weeks.
While Jackie Bradley Jr. adds to his hitting streak, Xander Bogaerts has a modest one of his own
Bogaerts was 1-for-3 with two walks and has not hit safely in 13 straight games himself.
During that time, he leads the American League in hits with 57. And he's hit safely in 25 of the last 27 games. He's hitting .339 for the season, a point ahead of Bradley's .338.
Beyond the avalanche of hits, Bradley's power is showing
Bradley reached base three times, but it was his first at-bat that was memorable, as he took a pitch from starter Edinson Volquez and drove it out of Kauffman Stadium to left-center.
That was Bradley's seventh homer of the season in just 141 at-bats; only David Ortiz has hit more.
By contrast, last season, Bradley hit 10 homers in 221 at-bats.