Benintendi returns with a bang: It's been a tough last 10 days for the outfielder, who was benched for a few days on the road trip and dropped down in the batting order while also battling what Alex Cora termed "heavy legs.'' While out of the lineup, Benintendi took some time to make some adjustments with hitting coach Tim Hyers and emerged Saturday like new, going 4-for-6 with two runs scored. In an encouraging sign, three of those hits were to left field and the ability to go the other way has always been part of Benintendi's successful approach. Benintendi said he spent the last few days "getting back to the little things and getting in the cage and taking a lot of swings. Just trying to simplify things and start over. The results today were alright, but it wasn't about results. It was about working on my swing.'' That looked improved, too.
Betts showing signs: Speaking of positive developments, Mookie Betts continues to hint that he's poised to break out