Saltalamacchia getting into rhythm at plate

Saltalamacchia getting into rhythm at plate

Saltalamacchia getting into rhythm at plate
CHICAGO -- After opening the season with only two hits in his first nine games, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is beginning to find his groove.

The Red Sox catcher turned in his third multihomer game in Thursday's 10-3 win over the White Sox to extend his hitting streak to five games. He's hitting .476 with two doubles, three homers and seven RBIs in that stretch and also has driven in at least two runs in three consecutive games.

"Right now, I guess I'm just trying to put good wood on the ball and stay consistent with what my approach is," Saltalamacchia said.

Manager Bobby Valentine said Saltalamacchia was simply due, noting the 26-year-old has produced solid at-bats for most of the year.

"He's a good hitter. He wasn't getting any luck at all. Every ball he hit hard, really, seemed to find a glove," Valentine said. "Last night, he hits a two-RBI single and he's feeling good about himself. ... Salty's had good at-bats. For the majority of the season, his at-bats have been solid."

Valentine also mentioned he's been impressed with the way the young catcher has handled the pitching staff lately. Although Saltalamacchia has spent parts of every season in the Majors since 2007, last season was the first he played more than 93 games -- and that was in '07 -- so he's still not yet a finished product.

"He's growing," Valentine said. "I think he's a developing player."