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Highlights from the Red Sox' 6-4 spring win over the Orioles

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 6-4 spring win over the Orioles

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 6, Orioles 4

IN BRIEF: An eighth-inning rally propelled the Red Sox over the Orioles in their Wednesday night exhibition game.

HIGHLIGHTS:

1st inning

Cedric Mullins solo home run (1-0 BAL)

3rd inning

Eduardo Nunez RBI groundout (1-1)

6th inning

Jonathan Villar two-run double (3-1 BAL)

Jackie Bradley Jr. scores on wild pitch (3-2 BAL)

7th inning

Dwight Smith solo home run (4-2 BAL)

8th inning

Jantzen Witte RBI groundout (4-3 BAL)

Mike Miller scores on wild pitch (4-4)

Jantzen Witte scores on passed ball (5-4 BOS)

Sandy Leon RBI single (6-4 BOS)

 UP NEXT:

vs Rays, Thursday, 6:05 p.m., NESN+

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Red Sox trade catcher Blake Swihart to Diamondbacks

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Red Sox trade catcher Blake Swihart to Diamondbacks

Blake Swihart has a new home.

The Red Sox traded the 27-year-old catcher to the Diamondbacks on Friday for minor league outfielder Marcus Wilson.

Swihart reunites with manager Torey Lovullo and GM Mike Hazen, both formerly members of the Red Sox organization, in Arizona. Hazen says Swihart will play positions other than catcher for the foreseeable future.

As for Wilson, he was ranked as the Dbacks' No. 20 prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

Boston had designated Swihart for assignment earlier this week and promoted Sandy Leon to take his spot on the roster.

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Alex Cora reveals plans for using top prospect, Michael Chavis

Alex Cora reveals plans for using top prospect, Michael Chavis

So far this season, the Red Sox have sputtered to a 6-13 start and have already made some major changes to their roster. They designated Blake Swihart for assignment and have made a few other roster moves amid injuries to Dustin Pedroia, Eduardo Nunez, and Brock Holt, the team's three second basemen. And the latest move is an intriguing one.

Michael Chavis was brought up to the major leagues to help the struggling Red Sox offense. Chavis, one of the team's top hitting prospects, is on the major league roster for the first time, and they will try to use his bat to spark their struggling unit.

That said, Tzu-Wei Lin still figures to be the primary starter at second base moving forward, per Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald.

Chavis isn't ready to play at second base despite the hole the Sox currently has there. He has only played five games at the position in the minors, so putting him there at the major-league level would be a major risk.

Cora said the right-handed hitting Chavis will get a chance to play both corner infield positions and may even get some at-bats at DH. Until the team solves its offensive woes, the Sox will have to continue to experiment with different combinations until they find something that works.

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