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Jenrry Mejia strikes out side in spring debut, says he can be better than he was with Mets

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Jenrry Mejia strikes out side in spring debut, says he can be better than he was with Mets

Formerly banned reliever Jenrry Mejia had a successful return to the mound Thursday as he closed out the Red Sox' spring 13-5 win over the Nationals.

Mejia received a lifetime ban from MLB in 2016 after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs for the third time. The ex-Mets reliever was reinstated last July and signed with Boston in the offseason.

In Thursday's ninth-inning appearance, Mejia struck out the side and walked one batter while showing off an impressive cutter and slider. He was asked after the game whether he believes he can be the same pitcher he was during his time with the Mets.

“Maybe better,” Mejia said. “I’m working hard for it. Why not? I’m 29, before I was 24. Four more years. I think I’m gonna be better. God help me.”

Mejia still has a long road to make it onto the major league club as his contract doesn't include an invite to big-league camp. But if he continues to show the stuff that was put on display on Thursday, he may be able to help out what looks to be a thin bullpen at some point this season.

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Brock Holt takes his role of "utility man" to the max in Red Sox win over Orioles

Brock Holt takes his role of "utility man" to the max in Red Sox win over Orioles

Brock Holt has been the Red Sox utility man for a long time, but not quite to the extent that he was during Saturday's win over the Orioles. 

According to Justin Long and Elias Sports, Holt became the first Red Sox player to play second base, first base and shortstop in the same game. 

Holt started the game at second but moved to first base after Michael Chavis exited the game with back spasms in the fifth. Then, when the game was out of hand and Xander Bogaerts was subbed out of the game for Sam Travis, Holt moved over to shortstop so Travis could play first. 

Holt is used to playing about every position on the field and probably has more gloves than we could ever imagine. Every great team needs someone who can fill in for injured players like Holt, but once the team is at full strength he'll get to go back to his natural position at second base. Of course, it's likely he could split time with Chavis if and when Mitch Moreland makes his way back from injury. 

The eight-year veteran has battled with injuries of his own this season, only appearing in 40 games for the Red Sox. However, he's been productive when available, posting a .344/.390/.451 slash line in 122 at-bats. 

If the Red Sox are going to turn into the team they're capable of being, getting a steady diet of Brock Holt should go a long way towards them developing some consistency. 

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Michael Chavis leaves game with back spasms, ruled day-to-day

Michael Chavis leaves game with back spasms, ruled day-to-day

Michael Chavis exited the Red Sox' game against the Orioles in the fifth inning Saturday night with back spasms. He will not return and has been ruled day-to-day by the team. 

Chavis was replaced by Brock Holt, who moved over some second base as Marco Hernandez filled in at second base. 

The Red Sox probably hope Chavis doesn't miss extended time while they wait for Mitch Moreland to make his return from injury as well. Chavis leads all AL rookies in RBI and has been a much-needed source of offensive production in an inconsistent Red Sox lineup. 

As MassLive's Chris Cotillo notes, the Red Sox were most likely be cautious with their rookie infielder given the high temperatures in Baltimore this weekend. 

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