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Michael Chavis smashes Gleyber Torres' MLB second baseman record

Michael Chavis smashes Gleyber Torres' MLB second baseman record

Want context for just how good Michael Chavis has been since joining the Boston Red Sox?

Gleyber Torres, the New York Yankees' phenom second baseman, burst onto the scene in 2018 with 10 home runs in his first 36 games to set a Major League Baseball record for his position.

Pretty incredible, right? It was ... until Chavis beat Torres' record by eight games Wednesday night.

Chavis' 10th homer of his young MLB career was a game-winning moonshot in the 13th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays.

It was quite the milestone-setter, too, as the 23-year-old also is the second-fastest Red Sox player ever to reach 10 home runs behind George Scott in 1966 (21 games).

Here's one more stat: Since making his debut on April 20, Chavis is averaging one home run per every 10.6 at-bats, which ranks him ninth among all players with at least 100 plate appearances this season.

Not bad for a kid who began last season with Boston's Single-A club.

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Marcus Stroman snaps back at Alex Cora, Red Sox over quick pitch spat

Marcus Stroman snaps back at Alex Cora, Red Sox over quick pitch spat

Marcus Stroman isn't letting the Boston Red Sox have the last word.

The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher apparently ruffled Boston's feathers Tuesday night by quick-pitching Michael Chavis after the Red Sox rookie tried to disrupt his timing.

Stroman claimed Chavis and Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale both had words for him about his quick pitch, and Sox manager Alex Cora also took a jab at the Blue Jays pitcher after Boston's 10-3 loss.

"It’s the same thing with him every day. He competes a certain way and people don’t like it," Cora said of Stroman, via Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto. "It seems like whenever a team comes in, somebody screams at him. I don’t know, that’s the way he acts."

Stroman caught wind of Cora's comments Wednesday on Twitter and apparently was not pleased.

But Stroman didn't stop there, referencing his decision to play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic instead of Cora's Puerto Rico squad. (Stroman has a Puerto Rican mother but was born in the U.S., making him eligible to play for both teams.)

The veteran pitcher (and very active tweeter) then offered a few more words in his defense.

The Red Sox reportedly also were bothered by Stroman's celebration after he worked out of a bases-loaded jam. But the Blue Jays pitcher has a history of playing (and tweeting) with plenty of passion, and he's not about to change it.

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Xander Bogaerts honors Koji Uehara on Instagram after retirement

Xander Bogaerts honors Koji Uehara on Instagram after retirement

Former Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has called it a career. Uehara last pitched in the MLB for the Chicago Cubs in 2017, and he announced his retirement from baseball in Japan.

Uehara, 44, had most recently played for the Yomiuri Giants, the franchise he began his career with back in 1999.

After Uehara's retirement, Xander Bogaerts took a moment to honor Uehara with a touching Instagram post.

Bogaerts had been effusive in his praise of his former teammate over the years. Recently, Bogaerts said that the Red Sox wouldn't have won the 2013 World Series without Uehara's performance.

"The ’13 team was a big success because of him," said Bogaerts, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.

In his four-year career with the Red Sox, Uehara posted a 14-13 record with a 2.16 ERA, 291 strikeouts, and 79 saves. During the 2013 postseason, he recorded 7 saves and struck out 17 batters en route to winning the ALCS MVP award.

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