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Hernandez on return from injury: 'I always stayed positive'

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Hernandez on return from injury: 'I always stayed positive'

On Saturday morning before their doubleheader, the Boston Red Sox were forced to put Mitch Moreland on the IL after he suffered a quad strain. Moreland had just come off the IL with a back strain and only lasted six innings before he got hurt again.

So, Moreland was sent down and the Red Sox made the corresponding call-up to replace him. The player that got the call was Marco Hernandez.

Hernandez, a 26-year-old middle infielder, hadn't played in the majors since 2017. He missed about two years of action recovering from a shoulder injury that required multiple surgeries. However, despite the difficulties he faced in getting back to the MLB, Hernandez never gave up in his journey.

“I never put my head down,” Hernandez said, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe. “I always stayed positive because I knew if I could get healthy I could play. Everybody saw what I can do on a baseball field.”

Hernandez hit .284 during over the course of two seasons with the Red Sox in just 61 games. Before he suffered the injury, he was looking like a potentially solid hitter that could eventually take over at second base for Dustin Pedroia.

But then, the injuries struck, and Hernandez was forced to rehab. He played well at Pawtucket this year, hitting .303 with two homers in 21 games, but he wasn't necessarily expecting to be called up.

“I wasn’t expecting it, but I was ready,” Hernandez said, per Abraham. “I had worked hard for this.”

Hernandez's hard work showed. He had two doubles and two RBIs across five at-bats in the day/night doubleheader before earning a start on Sunday. If he can continue to play well, he may emerge as a quality option in the second base platoon that the Red Sox have been using this season. Either way, it's nice to see him make it back to the majors after being sidelined for so long.

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Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

One of the most entertaining players ever to don a Boston Red Sox uniform was born 48 years ago today.

That would be Manny Ramirez, who celebrates his birthday on May 30. In honor of the special occasion, Major League Baseball tweeted an awesome video that includes some of Ramirez's greatest moments:

Watch below:

That cutoff of Johnny Damon's throw never gets old.

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Ramirez joined the Red Sox in 2001 after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians. From there, he became a key contributor to two World Series titles (2004 and 2007) and furthered his legacy as one of the best right-handed hitters of all time.

He isn't done yet, either. Ramirez announced just a couple of months ago he is hoping to find a roster spot in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League. More "Manny Being Manny"? That sounds great to us.

We wish a very happy birthday to one of the greatest (and most interesting) players in Red Sox history.

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Of all of Fenway Park's quirks, my favorite might be how the 315-foot sign on the Green Monster suddenly became 310.

It's possible I love this story because the sportswriter gets to be the hero.

In 1995, the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy decided to settle one of the most persistent rumors of his career. He remembers hearing it as a cub reporter during the 1975 World Series, when the Reds insisted to a man that Fenway's famed left field fence couldn't possibly be 315 down the line.

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They all believed it was closer, but no one could prove it, because the Red Sox resisted periodic efforts to measure and answer the question once and for all.

That didn't stop the Globe from accessing the park's original 1912 blueprints, which showed the wall at 308 feet. They enlisted a World War II reconnaissance pilot to examine aerial photos, and he pegged it at 304. The author George Sullivan crawled up the foul line with a yardstick and settled on 309-5.

None of those numbers ever became official, though, because 315 by that point had been well-established as part of the park's lore. Fenway opened in 1912, was extensively renovated in 1934, and added bullpens in 1940, giving us the dimensions we essentially recognize today. For more than 60 years, the 315 sign at the base of the foul pole beckoned right-handed sluggers, terrified pitchers, and lived in what felt like perfect accuracy.

But Shaughnessy had other ideas. He finally decided to take matters into his own hands in March of 1995. His friends on the grounds crew looked the other way as he hopped a fence in an empty Fenway and unfurled a 100-foot Stanley SteelMaster tape measure.

It only took a matter of minutes to prove his hunch correct: 315 wasn't 315 at all.

It was 310, or 309-3, to be precise. Shaughnessy wrote about his findings in late April, and within a month, the Red Sox had quietly changed the sign to 310, which it remains to this day.

"My whole life looking at that wall, it was 315," Shaughnessy said. "Shortly after the story appeared, they changed it to 310, which surprised me. It was very un-Red Sox like in those days, and these days.

"Now when I see 310, I take some pride in that."