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Michael Chavis in the Home Run Derby?: 'If I was allowed to, yeah'

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Michael Chavis in the Home Run Derby?: 'If I was allowed to, yeah'

As one of the most exciting rookies in baseball, Michael Chavis deserves to be showcased on all of MLB's biggest stages.

With 10 home runs through the first 29 games of his big-league career, this year's Home Run Derby would be a great place for the 23-year-old slugger to start. But would he be interested in competing?

"If I was allowed to, yeah," Chavis told Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com. “I like hitting home runs. I think it would be fun and be a cool experience. It’s something during my career that I definitely want to do."

In 2017, the Red Sox prevented Chavis from competing in the Carolina League derby. So he isn't getting his hopes up for the chance to partake in the MLB one any time soon.

“I wasn’t even allowed to be in the Home Run Derby when I was in High-A," Chavis said. "The Red Sox wouldn’t let me, so I doubt they’ll let me do it here.

“If they did ask me to do it, I’d probably have to ask the Sox and think about it. At some point, I want to do it.”

With a new purse of $1 million for the winner, it's no surprise Chavis is showing serious interest in competing. When David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez represented Boston in the 2011 derby, the prize was a mere $125,000.

Even if Chavis can't compete in the derby, there's a real chance he's named to the American League All-Star team if he keeps up his torrid pace. And with his power, we can safely assume we'll see him in a Home Run Derby at some point down the road if not this year.

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Red Sox plate six runs in weird 6th inning rally

Red Sox plate six runs in weird 6th inning rally

The Boston Red Sox were trailing the Baltimore Orioles at 6-0 midway through the third inning of the final game of their series at Fenway Park. However, a wild sixth inning put them back on top, as the team was able to plate six runs during the frame.

The inning started innocently enough for the Orioles, who led 6-3 at the start of the inning. J.D. Martinez cracked a double to center and Andrew Benintendi hit a sacrifice fly to move him to third base. But after a Sam Travis walk and an RBI double by Christian Vazquez, lefthanded specialist Paul Fry came into the game for the Orioles.

And that's when things really started to go off the rails for Baltimore.

Fry was able to get Mitch Moreland to weakly pop the ball into left field. It should've been the second out of the inning, but instead, this happened (via the Red Sox official Twitter).

 

So, not only did the team fail to record the second out, but the drop and error on the throw afforded the Red Sox an opportunity to score the game-tying run.

From there, the team kept scoring. Rafael Devers notched his 99th RBI of the season on a go-ahead double while consecutive RBI infield hits gave the Red Sox some extra cushioning. The team had a chance to extend their 9-6 lead with the bases loaded, but Travis struck out looking at the plate to end the inning.

Adding to the weirdness of the inning was the fact that the Orioles used four different pitchers and were forced to switch catchers as well. Chance Sisco took a shot on the game-tying bloop single while trying to grab the overthrow and while he would stay in the game, he eventually left after taking a hard foul ball to the groin area.

These things, plus all the fielding mistakes by the Orioles, made for some very interesting baseball on Sunday afternoon at Fenway.

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Nathan Eovaldi shelled in first start for the Red Sox since April

Nathan Eovaldi shelled in first start for the Red Sox since April

With Chris Sale headed to the injured list, the Red Sox needed their $68 million pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to step up and fill the void.

Alex Cora expressed his confidence in him returning from a brief stint in the bullpen, and pitching against the lowly Orioles is a good way to re-acclimated yourself. 

It didn't go as planned for Eovaldi and the Red Sox Sunday. The hard-throwing righty pitched just two innings and gave up five earned runs on a home run, a double a single, and two wild pitches. It was his first start since April 17.

Not much has been going right for the Red Sox rotation this season after a dream campaign in 2018, and as the team's chances of making the postseason lessen every day, it's staff continues to get hit by the injury bug. 

Oh, and the Red Sox haven't announced a starter for Tuesday's game against the Phillies. 

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