OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop has pitched a career-best 18 straight scoreless innings over his past 17 games. He's also gone 32 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, the third longest streak by a Red Sox reliever in team history behind Koji Uehara (33 2/3 innings in 2013) and Dick Radatz (33.0 innings in 1963).
"I definitely don't want to talk about streaks," Badenhop said. "I don't look at the numbers. I'm worried about the process. What I did yesterday and the day before that has no bearing on how I pitch today."
What's been working well for Badenhop?
"Being aggressive and having confidence," he said. "Last year I didn't pitch very well with guys on base."
The Red Sox acquired Badenhop from Milwaukee on Nov. 22 in exchange for left-hander Luis Ortega. Farrell said they wanted to add a sinker-ball pitcher who could get double plays and be a change of pace in their bullpen.
"That's kind of what's kept me in the game," Badenhop said. "I'm a little bit different than some guys. And to give hitters a different look nowadays is super important."
Badenhop said he has a "natural" sinker that moves unpredictably.
"You put it up there and hope it does something funky," he said. "If it moves and surprises you, how the heck is the hitter going to figure it out?"
* Rookie Brock Holt had never played outfield at any level until this season, but he's made a diving catch in right field in back-to-back games against Oakland, robbing Alberto Callaspo of hits both times.
"I just try to catch every ball that's hit my way," Holt said. "Just go for it. Whenever they put me out there they said try to catch the balls that you're supposed to. I've been fortunate to get some good reads on some balls and make some plays, kind of use the little speed that I have to my advantage."
Holt said he's made plenty of acrobatic, diving catches as an infielder.
"Growing up I would always try to go for every ball," Holt said. "That's kind of my mindset now."
At the plate, Holt has been one of the Red Sox's hottest hitters. Going 3-for-4 with a walk Saturday, Holt raised his batting average to .329, the highest clip among major league rookies with at least 100 plate appearances.
Holt has batted leadoff for the Red Sox in the past 29 games, beginning May 23. In that span, he has a major league-leading 42 hits and 10 doubles, which is tied for the major-league lead. He has reached base safely in 27 of his 30 starts hitting leadoff this season.
"I feel confident," Holt said. "Taking a little more confidence up to the plate every time."