Miguel Andujar has World Series supporter who’s been there

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BOSTON — The good scouts know tools and how a player projects. The analytics arms of organizations understand numbers. However, nobody knows players better than players.

According to Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez, the Yankees would be wise to let Miguel Andujar grow and prosper in The Bronx.

“I think he can be a superstar, and not later, soon,” the former Yankee said Monday before the Red Sox worked out at Fenway Park ahead of Tuesday night’s Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers. “That’s because of his hitting. He can play in the big time.”

Andujar will finish in the top three in the AL Rookie of the Year race based on a .297 average, 27 homers and 92 RBIs. On the other hand, Andujar committed 15 errors (second on the Yankees to Gleyber Torres’ 17) and wasn’t in the lineup for Game 4 of the ALDS when CC Sabathia started against the Red Sox.

Nunez, who has had his difficulties in the infield where he has made 82 errors in 588 big-league games, had some advice for Andujar to improve with the glove and arm.

“Learn, listen and work hard,’’ Nunez said of the 23-year-old Andujar, whom he knows from their native Dominican Republic and when they were together in the Yankees organization with Nunez in the big leagues and Andujar in the minors.


When the World Series shifts from New England to Hollywood, the number of celebrities in the seats will increase. So, too, will the temperature. And outfielder Mookie Betts could return to the position where he started his professional career: second base.

With Games 3 and 4 (and five if necessary) scheduled for Dodger Stadium where the designated hitter won’t be used, the Red Sox are toying with playing the likely AL MVP right fielder at second base in order to get J.D. Martinez’s bat in the lineup in right field.

Since his time at second base this year was limited to six innings against the Yankees on Aug. 3 and he hadn’t played the position previously since 2014, when he started 14 games there, Betts was asked about the nuances of moving around in the various shifting positions.

“The one game I got to play this year, there were a lot of shifts going on,’’ said Betts, who regularly takes ground balls at second during pre-game work.

“He was good at second base in the time he was up the first year. I think just turning double plays he was a little off,” Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts said. “I think now, being more experienced … with that slide thing at second base, now you can’t do that. He’ll be much better if he plays there.’’

Red Sox manager Alex Cora could move Betts to center field and delete defensive wiz and ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr. to play Martinez in right. On Tuesday, Cora praised the outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Bradley and Betts but said the trio won’t be on the field together at the beginning.

“Obviously, they are not going to be together in LA, at least to start the game,” said Cora, who would likely sub defense for Martinez late in the game with a lead. “It’s always good to have them.”


Cody Bellinger’s father, Clay Bellinger, was a Yankee from 1999-2001, when he was part of baseball’s best rivalry, and has informed the Dodgers center fielder bedlam is never far away from Fenway Park.

“He remembers. I am sure it will get crazy [Tuesday],” Cody said. “Take it one game at a time and try to block it out.”

Cody was 4 when his father joined the Yankees and brought him to Fenway.

“I haven’t been here since I was a little kid,” said the 23-year-old. “The tunnel walking to the visitors’ dugout, [Derek] Jeter and all those guys walked through there.”


Alex Cora announced lefty David Price will start Game 2 on Wednesday, but that is as far as he went.

“We will see where we are at,” Cora said of the Game 3 and Game 4 starters.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Game 2 on Wednesday and right-hander Walker Buehler is the starter for Game 3 on Friday in LA.


Roberts said right-handed-hitting Matt Kemp will be the Dodgers’ DH in Game 1 against Red Sox lefty Chris Sale. Kemp was the DH in five games this year and went 7-for-18 (.389) with a homer and five RBIs.

In 19 career games as the DH, Kemp is 21-for-74 (.284) with six homers and 16 RBIs.

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