JBJ makes yet another highlight-reel grab

center fielder knows a laser when it leaves his bat, and he also might have a hidden talent for guessing his own exit velocity.

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After squaring up a key triple to help lead the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Pirates in Monday’s Opening Day at Fenway, Bradley was asked how hard he hit that ball.

“I’m going to say 111 [mph],” said Bradley, emphasizing that it was purely a guess.

Statcast™ registered the triple at 110.6 mph leaving Bradley’s bat, coming off of a 96.9-mph heater by Bucs ace Gerrit Cole.

It was the hardest ball Bradley has hit in the Statcast™ era, which started in 2015.

Monday marked the latest demonstration of how much Bradley helps the Red Sox as a two-way player.

In the top of the fourth, with the game scoreless, Bradley made an impressive catch against the railing of Boston’s bullpen to rob Francisco Cervelli of extra bases. The catch probability, according to Statcast™, was 55 percent, making it a three-star grab.

But what Statcast™ couldn’t account for was the fact Bradley had the wall railing to contend with and some sunlight. He actually did a little cheap jerseys route adjustment while in pursuit.

Red Sox #41 Chris Sale Navy Blue New Cool Base Stitched MLB Jersey“I knew what vicinity it was going to be in, and then heading towards the wall, it was adjusting to the sun, actually,” said Bradley. “I had to get around it, because the ball was in the sun momentarily. I had to wait for it to come out. That was right around the time when I was going to hit the wall. I just tried to keep my focus, stick with it.”

Wearing No. 19 this season — which was donned decades ago by another standout Red Sox center fielder named — Bradley has a similar view of walls as the 1975 World Series hero.

“I don’t care about the wall, I’m going to catch the ball,” said Bradley.

And that he did, bringing the Fenway faithful of 36,594 to its collective feet.
Off the bat, Cervelli hoped he had a hit.

“Oh yeah, but it’s Bradley,” said Cervelli. “He’s been doing those kind of plays for years now. It doesn’t surprise me. He’s a pro, one of the best over there.”

fired a lockdown eighth for of the Yankees, but Aroldis Chapman labored in the ninth to earn his fifth save. The lefty gave up a hit and a run while walking two and striking out two and generated just two swings and misses in 33 pitches.

In a losing effort, Red Sox righty Rick Porcello allowed five hits and two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out nine.

“I think the sinker and four-seam, the combination of both, was pretty solid today,” Porcello said. “So I’ve got to keep building off that. The walks, they’ll come back to hurt you.”

gave the Yankees some insurance with an RBI single off the Green Monster in the sixth to score Judge, who started the rally with cheap mlb jerseys from china and a two-out walk.

Judge goes oppo: Judge jumped on the first Porcello pitch he saw, an 88.7-mph two-seamer, and belted it to the front row of seats beyond the visitors’ bullpen for his seventh homer of the season. According to Statcast™, the blast had an exit velocity of 109.7 mph and had a projected distance of 385 feet.

“I’m glad I was able to get two runs on the board early against a former Cy Young winner,” said Judge. ” I know he has good stuff, so I was just trying to attack him early and get something over the plate.”

Late drama: Chapman issued a leadoff walk to Andrew Benintendi, and Mookie Betts doubled to set up ’s RBI groundout. Jackie Bradley Jr. whiffed and also went down swinging to end the game, but not before making the Yanks gulp with a long foul ball down the left-field line.

As Bradley roared around the bases, had a lonely feeling on the first official day of his position switch to right field.

“It’s a pinball machine,” McCutchen said. “I knew that was going to happen — that’s what it’s going to do. Balls are going to hit one way then hit another way, hit another wall. You’ve got to try to do your best to catch the ball cleanly and get it in. That’s just one of those things that’s going to happen.”

After a solid season last year, Bradley looks forward to again making things happen for the Red Sox in 2017.