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Brennan Boesch Scoring the Tying Run in the Ninth

St. Petersburg, Fla – Joe Girardi was being debriefed by reporters in his office after one of the Yankees’ most remarkable games in this amazing season, going through the list of contributions made by various players after the eighth inning.

There were, in no particular order, Lyle Overbay’s 11th-inning home run and Brennan Boesch’s two-out double in the ninth inning and the subsequent run he scored to tie the game, all on about three hours of sleep.

“There so many big things that happened in this game today to give us an opportunity to win that game,”Girardi said.

Trailing by 3-1 in the ninth, the Yankees were down to their last strike against Fernando Rodney, the Rays’ closer. But Overbay drew a two-out walk on a full count, bringing Boesch to the plate as a pinch-hitter. Boesch had only been recalled to the club Saturday morning because Curtis Granderson sustained a broken bone in his left hand the night before.

Boesch found out at about 11 p.m. that he would be returning.

When he arrived at Tropicana Field, he bore a nasty contusion on his right leg, a result, he said, of sliding on hard minor league infields. Boesch laced a double to left field against Rodney, scoring Overbay. He would then score on Gardner’s two-strike hit to center, but not before sliding again on the same spot.

When he didn’t arrive at his locker until about 40 minutes after the game, Boesch was asked if he had been getting treatment on the leg.

“No, I was eating,” he said. “I hadn’t eaten anything all day. I’ve just been in there crushing food.”

Brennan Boesch, scoring the tying run in the ninth ahead of a tag by Tampa Bay catcher Jose Lobaton.

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Tiger Brennan Boesch Robs Prince Fielder of Extra-base Hit in His First Start as a Yankee

DETROIT — Brennan Boesch spent three seasons in Detroit catching fly balls at Comerica Park. His best catch at the ballpark might have been as a member of the New York Yankees.

Boesch returned to Detroit for the first time since he received his unconditional release in March — and it didn’t take long for him to remind the Tigers what they’re missing.

Playing in his familiar right-field spot, Boesch received a hearty applause from Tigers fans after he robbed Prince Fielder of a surefire extra-base hit in the third inning Friday.

Boesch slammed against the wall and fell to the ground after he made the wall-crashing catch and was promptly greeted to a hearty applause from the 45,000-plus in attendance.

“I guess it’s an advantage to come play somewhere you’re familiar with the dimensions,” Boesch said.

Recognized as having a better bat than glove, Boesch singled and groundout out three times, but it was his defensive play that left the crowd and Fielder wide-eyed.

“I told him, ‘Nice catch,'” Fielder said. “Great catch…jerk.”

It was the second cheer Boesch received Friday after fans welcomed him with applause when the Yankees’ starting lineup was announced prior to the game.

“The fans are good here. I felt like they were always fair to me,” he said. “It was no different today when I ran out there. I know it’s a chapter that’s kind of closed. I was excited, but I’m glad it’s over, too.”

It was Boesch’s first start as a member of the Yankees after he signed a $1.5 million contract with the club on March 16. He was released three days earlier after the Tigers were unsuccessful in their attempt to trade him.

“It’s kind of a good storyline for me,” he said. “I’m sure when I’m older I’ll look back and kind of relish this moment because my first start in a Yankee uniform is against Detroit. It’s pretty cool.”

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Yankees Unveil a New Outfielder By Peter Kerasotis

TAMPA, Fla. — Outfielder Brennan Boesch played his first game for the Yankees in Saturday afternoon’s 7-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Steinbrenner Field.

A .259 career hitter, Boesch has a .363 career average against the Yankees with a .907 on-base plus slugging percentage. A left-handed hitter, his average at Yankee Stadium, which he said is his favorite place to play, is .367 with a .908 O.P.S.

“It’s a young man who’s got a lot of opportunity, and we hope he’s going to be a good fit,” Manager Joe Girardi said.

In Saturday’s game, Boesch played right field while Ichiro Suzuki played in left.
“It’s all good,” he said. “It’s like the first day of school. Everything is new. But everything is also top-notch here. I couldn’t be in a better place.”

Boesch said that after his release, when his agent, Scott Boras, told him the Yankees were interested, his response was to “just get it done.”

“I don’t know what my numbers are in New York, but I’ve always loved playing against the Yankees and playing in New York,” he said. “It’s definitely my favorite place to play.”

When Boesch first visited Yankee Stadium in 2010, he dominated a four-game series — hitting a home run, a bases-emptying triple and a double. He finished with five R.B.I. in that series, propelling the Tigers to three victories in four games.

Girardi noted that Boesch is a rare left-handed hitter who has had better success against left-handed pitchers than righties. Boesch is a .250 career hitter against right-handers and .286 against left-handers.

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Brennan Boesch Thrilled to be in Yankees Uniform Says Tigers Did Him a Favor

By: Peter Botte

With minor-league options remaining, Brennan Boesch could have been sent to Triple-A instead of getting released last week.

But the lefty-swinging outfielder believes that decision by the Tigers worked out pretty well for him after the Yankees snapped up Boesch on Saturday as another possibility to help shore up their injury-riddled lineup.

“(The Tigers) did me a favor, and that goes without saying that I’m thankful for them to have done that,” Boesch said before starting in right field Saturday against the Phillies. “They could have done a lot of other different things probably, but here I am now in a Yankee uniform and it couldn’t have turned out better for me.”

Boesch, 27, finished fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2010, and he followed that up by posting a strong .799 OPS the next season.

His one-year deal with the Yanks, who have been searching for outfield help since Curtis Granderson suffered a broken forearm Feb. 24, is for $1.5 million.

“I couldn’t be in a better place to land after Detroit. What a great organization to be in for your second go-around,” said Boesch, adding “everything” as his reasons for placing the Yankees atop his list. “The organization speaks for itself, that’s just the bottom line. I wasn’t looking at depth charts or opportunity. When my agent (Scott Boras) told me they were interested, I said just get it done. And I’m here.”

Boesch has fared well in eight career games facing the enticing right-field porch at Yankee Stadium, posting a .367/.375/.533 slash line in the Bronx.

“It’s pretty attractive,” Boesch said. “Comerica is a little different story. Obviously, you have to stay within yourself and can’t get too greedy, but I’ve always loved playing there, it’s just a fact. I don’t know what my numbers are in New York, but I’ve always loved playing against the Yankees and playing in New York. It’s definitely my favorite place to play.”

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The Big Story Miguel Cabrera, Brennan Boesch

Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, left, greets Brennan Boesch at the dugout after Boesch made a diving catch on a fly ball hit by Chicago Cubs’ David DeJesus to end the seventh inning of an interleague baseball game Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Boesch Has Four Hits, Including a Solo Homer, and Made a Diving Catch in Right as the Tigers Topple the Cubs

The Tigers rallied to beat the Cubs 8-4 on Wednesday night.

“We bounced back,” manager Jim Leyland said. “We had some big hits, timely hits, bullpen did a great job, and a good win for us.”

Boesch had four hits, including a solo homer, and made a diving catch in right field as the Tigers improved to 8-1 in their past nine games against the Cubs. The one loss during that stretch occurred in the series opener Tuesday night, when Peralta made two errant throws from shortstop in the eighth inning that led to the decisive run for Chicago in a 4-3 victory.

“Tomorrow’s a big game for us,” Leyland said, “because you go to Cincinnati and Chicago and you’ve got a chance to win both series. That’s pretty good. You’ve got to try to win each series. If you can do that, then you put yourself back in decent shape.”

With one out and runners on the corners in the sixth, Peralta hit a drive to center for a two-run double that tied it at 4.

Boesch added his seventh homer in the seventh and an RBI single in the eighth, delighting the sizeable portion of Tigers fans among the season-high crowd of 41,326 at Wrigley Field.

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Sweet Swingin’ Brennan Boesch Continues to Rake

Brennan Boesch continues his hot hitting this Spring by launching a three-run homer last night off Washington Nationals pitcher Mitch Atkins. The homer would go for nought as the Tigers lost 5-3 in the late innings.

With Boesch’s home run on Thursday night he has now homered in three of his last four games, with two homers coming off of lefties.

Brennan is a career .269 hitter and has been a shade better this Spring hitting at a .271 clip. In 59 Spring at bats, Brennan is hitting .263 against lefties and .275 against righties. Which, for a power hitter like him, that’s pretty even keel.

After getting off to a slow start this Spring, Boesch has really picked it up as of late. Hitting in five straight games collecting seven hits, three home runs and six RBIs.

“You build to a point in spring training where you feel like you have the swing where you want it to be,” Boesch said.

“From then on, the swing is no longer something you’re concerned about.”

“That’s when it starts to get fun, when you can trust your swing and start competing out there.”

Boesch was asked if he had reached that point:

“Yeah,” Boesch said. “I’ve been there for two weeks.”

I tabbed Boesch in a earlier post this season to hit .270 18HR 75RBI. It looks like he’s well on his way to match those numbers. I think that if Boesch continues his sweet swingin’ into the regular season, he’ll exceed the eighteen home run mark and maybe even reach twenty five. He still needs to improve his OBP percentage as a number two hitter, which won’t be easy hitting in front of Cabrera and Prince. Because, there isn’t no way a pitcher is going to walk him to get to the Big Fellas.

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Tigers’ Brennan Boesch Rises to the Lefty Challenge

Leyland impressed by rightfielder’s double in late at-bat

LAKELAND, Fla. — Tigers manager Jim Leyland gave rightfielder Brennan Boesch one challenge against a left-hander
Monday, then announced he’ll give him another Opening Day.

In Monday’s eighth inning, Leyland let Boesch – who’s played the whole game – face Miami’s Randy Choate, an 11 year
veteran who throws from a nasty sidearm angle.

Boesch took that big, beautiful left-handed swing of his and drilled Choate’s pitch over the centerfie1der’s head for a doubie.

I was really proud of him, because I was on him from the bench,”
Leyland said. “I could have run a right-hander up there. But he’s going to play. 1 threw him a iittle challenge: ‘Grind out this at-bat.You’ve got a left-hender throwing from where (Choate) does.‘

He really showed me something.”

Then Leyiand said “as it stands right now,” Boesch would start in the opener a week from Thursday against Boston’s Jon Lester,one of the league’s ace left-handers.

Boesch didn’t start when the Tigers opened the season last year against another top lefty, the Yankees‘ CC Sabathia. That‘s when Boesch was coming off the almost silent second half of his rookie season

Now he’s coming off a year in which he largely established himself (and was missed in the playoffs because of his thumb surgery), Monday, he showed how good he has become at hitting left-handers of different varieties. in the first inning, Boesch faced Mark Baehrle – a move-it-around craftsman, a totally different pitcher than Choate – and launched a high homer that cleared the palm trees beyond the rightfield fence and landed atop the enclosed batting cage How appropriate after this roof shot for Leyland to say that Boesch, 26, has “a real high ceiling.”

Leyland said Oliver will start for a Tigers‘ split squad against the Mets on Sunday, and Smyly will start against

Toronto on Monday in the second-to-tast game of the exhibition season. So the fifth-starter there by might go to the finish, Duane Below, who allowed one run to the Yankees in a start Sunday is the third contender for the open
rotation spot.

ROSTER MOVES: The Tigers sent six players to minor league camp Monday: right-handers Jacob
Turner and Chris Bootcheck;infieiders Audy Ciriaco, Argenis Diaz and Ryan Strieby; and outfielder Quintin Berry.Turner, ranked as the Tigers‘ top prospect by Baseball America, fell out of the running for the rotation opening when he was sidelined by tendinitis in his pitching arm.

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Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch slowly hones swing

Brennan Boesch hit for the cycle.Sunday and Monday.He had a triple and single Sunday against the Phillies.He followed that with a home run and double Monday in a 3-3, 10-inning tie with the Marlins.It’s the unprecedented fifth tie this spring for the Tigers, by the way, making them 15-4-5.But back to Boesch.He got his hits Monday off left-handers: His fourth home run this spring, off Mark Buehrle; and a double off Randy Choate. That lifted his average to .265 after it was hovering around .210 a couple of days ago.

Source: http://betbomb.com/mlb/articles/29248/tigers-outfielder-brennan-boesch-slowly-hones-swing

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Detroit Tigers agree to terms with Boesch for 2012

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers announced today that they have agreed to terms on contracts for the 2012 season with right fielder Brennan Boesch. Boesch hit .283 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs in 115 games for the Tigers last season before missing an extended period of time at the end of the season with a thumb injury. He is expected to be the everyday right fielder for the Tigers this season.

Source: http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2012/03/detroit_tigers_agree_to_terms.html