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FORT MYERS, Fla. — If Jackie Bradley Jr. has learned anything in his brief time in professional baseball, it’s not to get too carried away with the results of spring training.
Bradley was the surprise of Red Sox camp last season, hitting .419 and earning a place in the Opening Day lineup. Now he’s on the other side of the story, fighting for a job with this year’s surprise, Grady Sizemore.
Bradley made the team last season, didn’t hit well over 12 games, and was demoted to Triple A. That experience taught him the value of looking beyond the initial thrill of standing on the field for the first game of a new season.
Bradley is hitting .200 in 13 games this spring.