Ciriaco proving to be valuable fill-in for Red Sox

Ciriaco proving to be valuable fill-in for Red Sox

Ciriaco proving to be valuable fill-in for Red Sox
BOSTON -- Pedro Ciriaco has done more than the Red Sox could have asked for filling in for injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

In his first seven games since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on July 6, the second baseman had four three-hit games. Ciriaco is the first player in Red Sox history to record at least three hits four or more times in his first seven games with the club, according to Elias.

"I'm being simple in my approach," Ciriaco said. "I know that my game is ground balls, hard line drives, not trying to hit homers. I'm just looking for good pitches to hit because everything is about that."

Ciriaco, 26, entered Tuesday's game against the White Sox hitting .464 (13-for-28) with three doubles, six RBIs and three steals, but went 0-for-3 in the 7-5 loss. In 31 games with the Pirates over the previous two seasons, Ciriaco hit .333 with three doubles, two triples and seven RBIs.

His production in recent weeks is a continuation of what he did in Spring Training, when Ciriaco impressed Red Sox brass by hitting .419 in 26 games.

"Baseball is about being consistent and this year I learned a little bit about how to stay consistent, not trying to do too much and play the game the right way," Ciriaco said. "Right now I don't have to put a lot of pressure on myself. I just try to have fun out there."

While Ciriaco is producing at the plate, his defense has been equally impressive.

"He's had a good defensive play just about every game he's played and he's done something on the bases and he's gotten some hits," said manager Bobby Valentine. "He's another one, if he waits and becomes a little more selective, he could be a real credible hitter."

More importantly, Ciriaco provides a threat at the bottom of the lineup.

"Not giving outs away is what we try to do offensively and if you make the other team throw strikes, you usually get ahead in the game," Valentine said.