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Astros edge Red Sox but Springer injured

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HOUSTON (AP) Thrust into an everyday role because of injuries, Jake Marisnick is making the most of his opportunity with the Houston Astros.

Marisnick homered early off Chris Sale, then made two dazzling defensive plays in center field to help the Astros beat the mistake-prone Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Friday night.

"There's not much not to like (about him) in a game like that," manager AJ Hinch said. "When you're a bench player ... you just want an opportunity. You just want a chance to show it. And he's doing great things on the field. It's pretty impressive."

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Rank Name BA
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2 T. Anderson, CWS.337
3 J. Reddick, Hou.329
4 M. Brantley, Hou.328
5 E. Andrus, Tex.325
6 D. LeMahieu, NYY.324
7 R. Devers, Bos.317
8 G. Springer, Hou.308
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NL Batting Average
Rank Name BA
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2 J. Bell, Pit.337
3 J. McNeil, NYM.333
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6 N. Arenado, Col.325
7 J. Segura, Phi.322
8 F. Freeman, Atl.320
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10 J. Báez, ChC.313
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