After 200-mile bus ride, Araúz hits ‘huge’ HR

As he slept the morning and early afternoon away in a Buffalo hotel room on Friday, Jonathan Araúz’s worst baseball nightmare probably would have been failing to get a bunt down when his team needed it most.

His best dream might have been smashing a home run to lead his team to victory.

By the time the reality of his crazy Friday was finished, Araúz experienced both scenarios in the same at-bat and produced the biggest hit of his young career — a three-run shot to right that led the Red Sox to a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Indians on Friday night at Progressive Field.

What a hectic day it was for Araúz and the Red Sox.

When Kiké Hernández tested positive for COVID-19 and Christian Arroyo was identified as a close contact, the Red Sox needed reinforcements in the infield, and they needed them fast.

Fortunately, the Worcester Red Sox were in Buffalo and not further away. But time was still of the essence.

Araúz and Yairo Muñoz got the call around 1 p.m. ET that they needed to pack up as quickly as possible and get on a 200-mile bus ride from Buffalo to Cleveland that would take a minimum of three hours.

“I was actually sleeping in the hotel when they called,” Araúz said through interpreter Rey Fuentes. “They called at around one just to let me know I had to get up in a…

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