Benintendi went 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base in Boston's 9-3 victory over Seattle on Sunday. Benintendi had gone hitless in his last eight at-bats coming into the game, but he got right back to his hot-hitting ways of recent weeks with this three-hit effort that also saw him pocket his 12th steal of the year. He's having a terrific season at the plate so far, with a .299/.383/.542 slash line to go along with 12 homers, 18 doubles and five triples through 264 at-bats.
Benintendi is not in the lineup for Friday's game against Seattle, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Benintendi will receive a standard day off and head to the bench with left-hander James Paxton on the hill for the Mariners. In his place, Brock Holt will get a start while J.D. Martinez moves over to left field.
Benintendi went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the White Sox. Benintendi reached base safely for the 15th consecutive game, 14 of which when he's been atop the order in place of the injured Mookie Betts (abdomen). In 16 games overall as Boston's leadoff hitter this season, Benintendi is batting .338 with a .387 on-base percentage. With Betts nearing a return -- he's heading out on a rehabilitation assignment this week -- the Red Sox could move his bat to the middle of the order and let Benintendi handle leadoff.
Benintendi went 2-for-5 with a solo home run Thursday against the Tigers. Benintendi homered for the fourth time in five games, and now has 11 home runs on the season. The young left-hander has shown little ability to hit against southpaws in his limited career sample -- he had a .309 slugging percentage against them in 218 career plate appearances entering Thursday's game -- but his last two home runs have come against left-handed pitching. That adds to his impressive overall performance this season, as he ranks among the American League leaders in most hitting statistics.
Benintendi went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Wednesday's 7-1 win over the Tigers. He's now gone yard in three of his last four games, giving Benintendi 10 homers on the season. The 23-year-old is headed firmly towards a career year, posting a .296/.378/.544 slash line through 58 games.