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Brock Holt wearing patch to honor Dustin Pedroia, credits him for recent hot streak

Brock Holt wearing patch to honor Dustin Pedroia, credits him for recent hot streak

Since returning from the IL in late May, Brock Holt has been playing well.

In fact, that's an understatement. He has been red-hot.

In 14 games since returning to the lineup, Holt is hitting .396. He also clubbed his first homer of the season at Camden Yards on Friday night. Throughout this streak, Holt has been wearing a patch on his left arm to honor one of his teammates, and he believes that the patch is helping him to hit better.

“Dustin Pedroia right here,” he said to NESN's Guerin Austin about the patch (as transcribed by Lauren Campbell). “Little shoutout. I’ve been wearing it ever since he went back home. We’re always thinking about him. I’m obviously thinking about him. It actually might be the reason I’m doing so well is I’ve got a little bit of him with me. He’s part of our team still, no matter where he’s at.”

Pedroia was moved to the 60-day IL after suffering yet another setback in his return from a knee injury. He elected to stop rehabbing the injury to take time off. The team's long-time second baseman and former AL MVP has played in just nine games since the start of the 2018 season as he has been plagued by the malady.

It's nice to see Holt honor Pedroia, and it's also nice to see the bat come around again for Holt. He could once again prove to be a valuable piece for the Red Sox as the lefthanded part of the second base platoon and a utility option who can give other players days off.

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Andrew Cashner sees Red Sox as 'dangerous team,' excited to play Yankees

Andrew Cashner sees Red Sox as 'dangerous team,' excited to play Yankees

The Boston Red Sox have been one of the most disappointing teams in Major League Baseball this season, but newly acquired starting pitcher Andrew Cashner is still optimistic about the club's outlook in the second half of the year.

Cashner, who was acquired via trade from the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, will make his first start for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. He talked to reporters for the first time since the trade Monday night at Fenway Park, and the veteran right-hander believe in the talent on this team.

"I think this is a dangerous team," Cashner said. "I just don't think they've played to their potential yet. I think the thing I'm looking forward to most is playing the Yankees."

The Red Sox enter Monday 10 games behind the rival New York Yankees for first place in the American League East. The Sox and Cashner will get several attempts to cut into that lead with eight games versus the Bronx Bombers over the next three weeks. 

These matchups should play a pivotal role in the postseason race, which Cashner is excited to experience after not playing in any meaningful games during his short career with the Orioles.

"I'm definitely looking forward to the race," Cashner said. "It's something I've never been in, really. I don't think it's going to inspire me as much, it might give me a boost of (velocity), but as far as inspiring me, you have to prove yourself every year in this game. For me, every year I'm trying to prove myself that I still belong here."

Cashner was among the few bright spots for the Orioles this season. He tallied a 9-3 record with a 3.83 ERA, 66 strikeouts and 29 walks over 96 1/3 innings in 17 starts for Baltimore. He should provide much-needed depth at the end of the rotation, and his ability to rack up innings also is important. Boston's bullpen has been used a ton this year and the results have been poor. Cashner has thrown six or more innings in eight of his last 10 starts. 

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Red Sox designate Eduardo Nuñez for assignment

Red Sox designate Eduardo Nuñez for assignment

After Sunday night's extra innings loss to the National League-leading Dodgers, the Red Sox are making moves. 

Most notably, the Red Sox announced that they are designating Eduardo Nuñez for assignment. This means Boston is removing Nuñez from the 40-man roster, and he can either be traded or placed on irrevocable outright waivers within seven days. 

Nuñez, a hero of 2018's World Series run, has struggled this season to say the least. The 32-year-old is hitting .228 with a .243 on-base percentage, both career-lows. In the Red Sox second-baseman depth chart, he's behind Michael Chavis, Brock Holt and Marco Hernandez. 

Nuñez is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and he likely wouldn't bring back much in a trade as a veteran rental.  

The Red Sox also sent Hector Velázquez, who pitched in all three of Boston's post-All-Star Break games, to Triple-A Pawtucket. Velázquez (5.67 ERA) allowed three earned runs in extra innings against the Dodgers on Sunday night. 

To replace Velázquez and Nuñez, the Sox called up Ryan Weber and Sam Travis to help the bullpen and first basemen depth, respectively. 

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