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Manny Machado attempts to clarify controversial "hustle" comments

Manny Machado attempts to clarify controversial "hustle" comments

Manny Machado is intent on cleaning up his reputation entering the biggest offseason of his career.

The former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop raised plenty of eyebrows during the 2018 playoffs when he openly admitted hustling to first base is "not my cup of tea." Machado now is an unrestricted free agent, though, and can't have other teams thinking he's anti-hustle.

So, the four-time All-Star attempted to clear the air about those controversial comments.

"When I was asked that question, I was definitely on the defensive, and I was wrong to answer it the way that I did, because looking back, it doesn't come across how I meant it," Machado told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

"For me, I was trying to talk about how I'm not the guy who is eye wash. There's a difference between fake hustle for show and being someone who tries hard to win. I've always been the guy who does whatever he can to win for his team."

We (kind of) see where Machado is coming from, but a supposed aversion to hustle isn't the only criticism he faces. The 26-year-old also gained a reputation as a dirty player on the basepaths thanks to a questionable slide in the National League Championship Series and his apparent spike of Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce in the World Series.

Of course, Machado also is an immensely talented player -- he hit .297 with 37 home runs and 107 RBIs last season -- who should have no trouble finding work this offseason.

But his reputation apparently is affecting his free agent stock already: Yankees legend Reggie Jackson warned recently that Machado's original hustle comments "ain't going to play" in New York if the Bronx Bombers end up pursuing him.

Machado is well aware of the chatter, however.

"I know how I said it and how that came across, and it's something I take responsibility for," he added. "I look forward to talking with each GM and owner that we meet with about that, or any other questions they have."

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Rafael Devers sets Red Sox record for home runs by a third baseman

Rafael Devers sets Red Sox record for home runs by a third baseman

In another disappointing loss in a disappointing Red Sox season, Rafael Devers continues to make history.

Saturday, in the Red Sox' second consecutive 5-4, walk-off loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, Devers added the Sox home run record for third baseman to his resume.

The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic brought the Sox back from a 3-1 deficit with a two-run homer in the eighth inning with an opposite-field shot to left - his 31st of the season - surpassing Butch Hobson's Red Sox mark of 30 in 1977.

Per the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham, Devers met Hobson, a Sox third baseman from 1975-80 who also managed the team from 1992-94, this past January at the Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods, but he said he was unaware he had set the record until being told after the game. 

“No, this is actually the first time I’m hearing this,” Devers said through his interpreter after the game, “It’s pretty cool, but obviously it’s a record I broke now but there’s more records I want to continue to break. So it’s just about trying to stay healthy and moving forward, try to break as many records as I can.”

Devers (.307, 50 doubles, 112 RBI) is just the second third baseman in Major League Baseball history with a 30-homer, 50-double season (the Astros' Alex Bregman did it last season) and he and Xander Bogaerts are the first teammates to reach the 30-50 mark in the same season.

Bogaerts (.305, 51 doubles) hit his 32nd homer and drove in his 110th run Saturday, putting himself in Devers' in more exclusive company. 

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Highlights of the Red Sox' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Rays

Highlights of the Red Sox' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Rays

FINAL SCORE:  Rays 5, Red Sox 4

IN BRIEF: A night after being officially eliminated, the visiting Red Sox go ahead in the 11th inning on a Mitch Moreland home run, but lose 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Nate Lowe's walk-off, two-run homer. The Sox lost by the same score in 11 on a Rays walk-off hit Friday night. BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 80-74

HIGHLIGHTS

3rd inning:
(Shawaryn replaces Poyner on the mound) Meadows singles to right, moves to second when Choi walks,  d'Arnaud singles, scoring Meadows (1-0, TB).

Duffy hit by a pitch, loading the bases (Brewer replaces Shawaryn on the mound), Wendle singles to right, Choi scores, d'Arnaud out at home (2-0, TB)

4th inning:
Bogaerts homers to left off Glasnow on a 0-and-1 pitch (2-1, TB).

5th inning:
PLAYING LF, HOLT PULLS ONE IN

7th inning:
(Taylor replaces Weber on the mound) Adames homers to center on a 0-1 pitch (3-1, TB). 

8th inning:
(Anderson replaces Poche on the mound) Betts singles to left. Devers hits a two-run homer to left on a 1-1 pitch (tied, 3-3).  

11th inning:
(Castillo replaces Pagan on the mound) Moreland homers to right on a 0-0 pitch (4-3, BOS).

(J. Smith replaces Workman on the mound) d'Arnaud doubles to center, Davis pinch runs, Lowe hits a two-run homer to left on a 2-0 pitch (5-4, TB).

UP NEXT:

@Rays, Sunday, 1:10 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Tuesday, 8:05 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Wednesday, 8:05 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Thursday, 2:05 p.m., NESN