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Dave D'Onofrio's Sox Beat: Iglesias believes in himself
He's seen a lot of good from Iglesias, whose numbers are buoyed by 15 infield hits and a .490 average on balls in play, but who is hitting line drives with greater regularity and striking out significantly less. That's part of the reason he'd reached base in 27 straight games entering Wednesday afternoon, and was baseball's leading hitter since May 24 — though those feats also speak to the way Iglesias has adjusted to enemy adjustments.
"He's getting himself in good position to not only stay balanced, but to increase bat speed. A consistent approach at the plate, and he's seeing the ball very well," manager John Farrell said. "(It's) confidence. A belief in himself."
"It's been real impressive what he's done," pitcher Ryan Dempster said. "There have been times when people have said, 'Oh, it's a soft .400.' Is there such a thing? I'm trying to figure that out. It's still .430 he's hitting, and he's driving the ball, too. ... It's good to see the success he has and you just kind of ride it for as long as it lasts."Mike Napoli doesn't think that'll be soon. "We don't expect him to stop," the first baseman said.
Victoria Arlen, a Paralympic swimmer from Exeter who won gold in the 100-meter freestyle at last year's London games, delivered a ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday's game. She received a Special Recognition Award at The Leaders banquet this year, and in August will compete in the International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships in Montreal.
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