BOSTON – Entering Thursday’s game, Ryan Flaherty had played 19 games at Fenway Park. In those 19 games, Flaherty had 26 hits and is hitting .394.
In 160 games in Oriole Park over his four seasons in the major leagues, Flaherty has 93 hits and a .221 average.
Flaherty doesn’t fare nearly as well at the other AL East ballparks. At Yankee Stadium, where he homered during the 2012 AL Division Series, he has 10 hits and a .238 average.
In Toronto’s Rogers Centre, Flaherty has 10 hits—three of them home runs and a .192 average.
He hits even more poorly at Tropicana Field. Flaherty is 7-for-52 (.135) in 16 games.
Asked for an explanation, Flaherty sheepishly admitted he had none.
Manager Buck Showalter closely follows splits and thinks perhaps the Portland, Maine native is more familiar with Fenway from his trips here.
“I’m sure Ryan has been in this ballpark many times as a kid,” Showalter said. “Some places you see the ball well…Everybody has a ballpark or two or three where they do well at, and this happens to be one for Ryan.”
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