PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- When catcher David Ross arrived for his first camp with the Red Sox, he knew full well that his top mission was to learn the pitching staff inside and out. If that came at the expense of his offense, so be it.
However, Ross is starting to catch up, so to speak, on the other side of the ball. He blasted his first home run of Spring Training in Sunday afternoon's 6-2 victory over the Rays, a three-run shot that came in the top of the fourth. Ross also hit the ball well in his first at-bat, flying out to deep center.
"Actually, I thought the first ball I hit was actually hit better than that one," Ross said. "The other one carried a little more. Yeah, I was pleased with my at-bats today. I felt a lot more comfortable than I had been. It's a process in Spring Training and I'm getting to know these pitchers well."
And the swing is starting to come, as well.
"You have to do both. You have to put your work in in the cage," Ross said. "I spent some more time in the cage working on things and found some things with the help of [hitting coaches Greg Colbrunn and Victor Rodriguez]. You know, it's always constant work for me trying to have good at-bats to put myself in a good position to hit the pitches that are thrown. That way, I can have a game plan. It's hard to have a game plan against a pitcher if you don't feel right yourself."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.