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Andrew Benintendi admits he 'doesn't feel locked in' at the plate

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Andrew Benintendi admits he 'doesn't feel locked in' at the plate

Andrew Benintendi isn't sugarcoating his struggles so far this season.

The Red Sox outfielder began the year as the team's leadoff hitter, but his subpar performance prompted manager Alex Cora to return to what worked in 2018 with Mookie Betts as the primary catalyst. Benintendi admitted that while he's shown improvement over the last couple weeks, he still doesn't feel like himself.

“I don’t even feel locked in right now,” Benintendi told the Eagle Tribune’s Chris Mason. “I’ve been trying to search for it all year. Just because I’ve had a few good games, barreling it up, it doesn’t mean I’m necessarily back. But it’s the right direction.” 

Benintendi's hitting .304 with a .869 OPS in June and had a three-hit night on Wednesday vs. the Rangers, but the 24-year-old isn't satisfied.

“Talk to me in a week in a half," Benintendi said. "If I’m getting three every game then I’ll be locked in.” 

The Red Sox begin a three-game set in Baltimore vs. the lowly Orioles on Friday night, a perfect series for Benintendi to continue regaining his confidence.

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Report: Red Sox interested in Mark Kotsay for managerial opening

Report: Red Sox interested in Mark Kotsay for managerial opening

The Boston Red Sox's search for their new manager has been rather slow, but a new candidate may be emerging.

The Red Sox reportedly have an interest in Oakland Athletics quality control coach Mark Kotsay, according to MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo.

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Although Kotsay, 44, a former outfielder who played for the Red Sox in 2008 and '09 in a major league playing career spanning more than 16 years, has no MLB managerial experience, he has worked in the San Diego Padres' front office as well as serving on the Padres and Athletics coaching staffs since retiring in 2013.

After firing Alex Cora earlier this month, the Red Sox have been linked to multiple managerial candidates, including Ron Roenicke, Jason Varitek, Dino Ebel and Joe McEwing. Although Boston is still in the thick of the managerial hunt with spring training approaching in two weeks, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported that the Red Sox are unlikely to make a hire before next week.

 

Mitch Moreland re-signs with Red Sox on one-year deal

Mitch Moreland re-signs with Red Sox on one-year deal

Mitch Moreland will return to Boston for the 2020 season.

The 34-year-old first baseman has re-signed with the Red Sox on a one-year deal with a club option for 2021, the team announced Tuesday. 


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It's a $3 million contract for Moreland, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Moreland missed time with multiple injuries in 2019, hitting .252 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI in 91 games.

To make room for Moreland on the roster, right-hander Denyi Reyes was designated for assignment.