BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia had been struggling this spring at the plate, hitting just .077 (1-for-13) with five strikeouts before Wednesday.
But in the span of a couple of at-bats, Saltalamacchia was feeling much better about his spring.
The Red Sox catcher belted an opposite-field double to lead off the second, then added a two-run homer to right, scoring Adrian Gonzalez ahead of him.
"I was lacking at-bats, so I've been trying to get some more here and there,'' said Saltalamacchia. "I felt good today. Me and (hitting coach Dave Magadan) have been working on certain things, trying to stay on the ball a little more and I was able to do it today at the plate.''
Saltalamacchia knew he had been struggling, the result of getting underneath the ball too much.
"The bat head was dragging,'' he said. "We've been working on trying to get the head (of the bat) out and stay on top. If I roll over, if I ground out, that's OK, at least it's not a pop-up. But when I get to two strikes, I've been trying to figure a way to keep the ball on the field instead of striking out.''
As it turned out, the double came with two strikes and the fact that Saltalamacchia was able to drive the ball the other way was another bonus.
"I stayed through a good fastball,'' he recounted. "My main goal was to work on my two-strike approach and make sure I put the ball in play.''
BOSTON -- The coaching migration could begin soon.
Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis is to be in San Diego on Wednesday, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston. They have an open hitting coach position that Davis will interview for. Davis' reputation in the game remains excellent, despite some offensive drop-offs for key Sox players in 2017.
Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said all the Sox coaches under John Farrell have permission to seek jobs elsewhere.
"I’ve talked to all the coaching staff members," Dombrowski said last week. "They’re all signed for 2018. What I told them is, first of all, I think very highly of them. They’re good people. They’re good baseball people. I would recommend to our new manager any of them, it’s not a problem for me, but I do believe a new manager needs to have his own coaching staff in place within approval of us and making sure that there’s proper areas coached within the club.
"Would grant permission for any club to talk to our personnel. I know they’re signed, but I wouldn’t want to stand in their way of getting a job somewhere else if that opportunity came up. Some of them could come back, but again, I’m going to wait until we get a manager and I won’t stand in their way of interviewing elsewhere."
Davis could eventually land on the interview circuit for manager, as well.
The Patriots improve their record to 4-2 with a win over the Jets, but there are still a lot of concerning factors for New England. Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen talk about something the team isn't used to - close games.
Giardi also dives into whether there is a major problem with the locker room dynamic, and whether all the moves they made in the offseason were blown way out of proportion by the media and fans of the talent added, but didn't factor in the personalities they lost.
Koppen and Giardi also look at how the offensive line play has fallen off, despite the same personnel as last year. Finally, discussing the late scratch of Stephon Gilmore due to a concussion. Anything to read into the timing?