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Alex Cora reveals the moment Chris Sale returned to form

Alex Cora reveals the moment Chris Sale returned to form

Chris Sale has quieted all doubters over the last month.

The Red Sox ace has tallied double-digit strikeouts in five of his last six starts, including a 17-K outing vs. the Rockies. Since April 23, he's lowered his ERA from 7.43 to 4.31.

That April 23 start against the Tigers is when Alex Cora realized Sale was back to being his dominant self. The Sox manager explained why during an interview with MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM.

"There was an outing there against Detroit that he gave up I think it was four in the first two innings," Cora said. "And he pitched well, you know, the last two or three innings. He was in the sixth inning he comes out and he's like 'give me one more. I got to prove something to a lot of people here.'"

Listen to the clip below:

It's clear Sale is out to prove the naysayers wrong, and lately he's done just that.

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Breakfast Podcast, July 15, 2019: Red Sox get the win despite ongoing struggles from the mound

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Breakfast Podcast, July 15, 2019: Red Sox get the win despite ongoing struggles from the mound

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1:04 - John Tomase and Lou Merloni break down the Red Sox 10-8 win over the Blue Jays and discuss the continuing struggles of Rick Porcello and the rest of the rotation.

6:24 - Phil Perry stops by Early Edition to discuss today's Great Patriots Debate - Deion Branch vs. Danny Amendola.

10:48 - What is one sporting event you would go back in time to see live? The BST crew give us their picks.

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Nathan Eovaldi's 'arm feels great now' as he attempts to return to Red Sox

Nathan Eovaldi's 'arm feels great now' as he attempts to return to Red Sox

Dave Dombrowski has been adamant that the Boston Red Sox will soon be receiving reinforcements as they look to make a postseason push in the second half of the season. That appears to be true and at the moment, it seems that Nathan Eovaldi may be ready to return in the near future.

Eovaldi, who hasn't pitched since April 17 after having surgery to remove "loose bodies" from his elbow, threw live batting practice at Fenway Park on Monday afternoon. And Eovaldi thought the session went well and discussed how he was feeling afterward.

"My arm feels great now," Eovaldi said per WEEI's Rob Bradford. "I felt like the command was a little rusty but everything coming out felt really good. ... It’s been good. I felt like I transitioned a lot better than I thought I would. I haven’t been getting as sore as I thought I would, as well. I would say it has been pretty good."

And as for his stuff? Mitch Moreland thought that it was pretty good as well, and Eovaldi's 100 mph fastball, tough cutter, and curveball were a lot for the first baseman to handle.

"I swung against Nathan," Moreland said per Bradford. "I saw him throw a cutter and I'm like, 'Damn, how did I miss it? Then I thought, 'Oh yeah, he throws it 94 (mph).'"

It's certainly encouraging that Eovaldi had a solid session on Monday and it looks like he could come back soon. With the fifth starter position now solidified in the wake of acquiring Andrew Cashner, Eovaldi will have a chance to help solidify the back-end of their bullpen in a late-inning role. He could even end up becoming the team's closer.

It's unclear when exactly Eovaldi will return, but he's certainly a player to keep an eye on over the course of the next week or so.

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