FORT MYERS, Fla. — Perhaps in a rush to make an impact in his first trip to the Major Leagues last summer, Jarren Duran forgot about the biggest reason he was there in the first place.
It seemed that Duran, who hit 16 homers in 244 at-bats for Triple-A Worcester, became too consumed with power.
Clearly, Duran was trying to re-set the tone right away on Thursday afternoon when he squared around to bunt on the first pitch he saw against Twins righty Cole Sands.
Duran wound up pulling back and not offering at the pitch. Hours before the game, Duran told manager Alex Cora he was going to try to bunt the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning. Cora said if he were successful, he would take the center fielder out to dinner.
Perhaps Cora was enthused enough by what Duran did on the next pitch, legging out an infield single, that a dinner will be in his near future anyway.
“It was a ball. Yeah, it saved me money,” quipped Cora. “But the fact that he hit the ball on the ground and…