March 13 Notes: Martin Perez’s Spring Dominance; Renfroe’s Power Display; Cordero’s Red Sox Fandom

The Boston Red Sox took on the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon and Martin Perez was on the mound. The veteran starter went four innings and surrendered two hits with five strikeouts in another tune-up for the season. Perez has yet to give up a run this spring, which is a very encouraging sign for someone like him who isn’t getting any younger.

Perez fits into the same category as Kyle Hendricks and Zack Davies–pitchers who don’t blow hitters away with velocity but throw a ton of strikes and get soft contact.

Renfroe goes deep

Hunter Renfroe arguably has the most power on the Red Sox after coming over from Tampa Bay in the offseason and he proved it on Saturday, depositing a solo home run over the left field fence against promising Braves starter Ian Anderson.

It looks like Renfroe will get the majority of the starts in right field with Alex Verdugo playing center field and a combination of Marwin Gonzalez and Franchy Cordero playing left.

Cordero is living the dream

Speaking of Franchy Cordero…he told the media that he grew up a Red Sox fan idolizing David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, among others. Now, he gets to wear the same uniform as them. “When I was growing up as a kid in the D.R. (Dominican Republic), those were the games that were always on — Boston Red Sox games,” Cordero told the media. “And I grew up a big David Ortiz fan. Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez and even J.D. Drew, those were guys I really liked watching as a kid. It was always fun, too, to be able to see all the championships that were won during my youth. So that’s what made me into a fan.”

“I’m really excited about the opportunity that I have here.”

(Photo: AP)

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