Francona quite familiar with Pena's power

Francona quite familiar with Pena's power

SEATTLE -- When you think of Wily Mo Pena on the Red Sox, the words "power" and "strength" might come to mind.

Terry Francona sure remembers it that way.

"Oh, boy ... some of the home runs he hit," Francona said of his former player who started at designated hitter for Seattle on Saturday. "He hit a ball in Baltimore ... it won the game for us. By the eighth inning, it was a day when the wind was blowing and I couldn't imagine someone hitting a home run that day.

"It's silly. Wily Mo's power is off the charts."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Pena was called up to Seattle from Triple-A Tacoma as a result of first baseman Justin Smoak's broken nose suffered during Friday's game. The 29-year-old played in Boston from 2006-07 and hit a career-high .301 in 2006 with 11 homers.

In his two seasons with Boston, Mo Pena hit .271 with 16 homers.