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Michael Chavis makes first grand slam ball a special souvenir

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Michael Chavis makes first grand slam ball a special souvenir

Michael Chavis's first inning grand slam, the first of his career, opened up Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays and eventually led the Red Sox to a 10-8 victory. 

The shot over the Green Monster made Chavis the first Sox rookie since Mookie Betts in 2014 to hit a grand slam. It also improved his case in the American League Rookie of the Year Award race. 

More importantly, Chavis was able to recover the ball and make it a souvenir for someone special: his mother. 

According to NESN, the fan who caught Chavis's home run ball returned it to the team. Even though his mom wasn't at Monday's game, Chavis turned his unforgettable hit into a priceless gift. 

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Highlights of Red Sox' 11-0 win over the Padres

Highlights of Red Sox' 11-0 win over the Padres

FINAL SCORE:  Red Sox 11, Padres 0

IN BRIEF: J.D. Martinez, a.k.a. "Flaco" on Players Weekend, hit a pair of three-run homers, totaled a career-high seven RBI and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Red Sox to an easy 11-0 victory over the Padres in the opener of their three-game series in San Diego. BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 69-61

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning:
Betts doubles to left, Devers hits an infield single to third base, Martinez hits a three-run home run to left on a 1-and-0 pitch from Paddack (3-0, BOS).

2nd inning:
Moreland walks, moves to second on Holt's single to right, Rodriguez sacrifice bunt, moving Holt to second, Moreland to third. Betts hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Moreland (4-0, BOS)

Devers doubles to right, scoring Holt (5-0, BOS).

Bogaerts doubles to right, scoring Devers (6-0, BOS).

4th inning:
(Erlin has replaced Paddack on the mound) Devers singles to center. Bogaerts walks, runners move to second and third on Erlin's wild pitch, Martinez hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Devers (7-0, BOS).

5th inning:
HOLT'S DIVING PLAY GETS FRANCE TO END THE INNING:

6th inning:
Rodriguez safe at first on a fielding error by first baseman Hosmer, moves to second on Betts' single to left, runners move to second and third on Devers' groundout (Yardley replaces Erlin on the mound), Bogaerts singles to left, scoring Rodriguez (8-0, BOS).

Martinez hits a three-run homer to left on a 2-1 pitch from Yardley (11-0, BOS).


UP NEXT:

@Padres, Saturday, 8:40 p.m., NESN
@Padres, Sunday, 4:10 p.m., NESN
@Rockies, Tuesday, 8:40 p.m., NESN
@Rockies, Wednesday, 8:40 p.m., NESN

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Terry Francona shares his hilarious thoughts on MLB's Players' Weekend uniforms

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Terry Francona shares his hilarious thoughts on MLB's Players' Weekend uniforms

MLB's Players' Weekend is here, and so are its horrible, no good, very bad uniforms.

You'd be hard-pressed to find many in favor of this year's black and white unis, which you can take a peek at below if you haven't already seen them.

Cleveland Indians manager and former Boston Red Sox skipper Terry Francona was one of the more vocal critics of this weekend's eyesores. Tito summed up his thoughts with a hilarious quote on Friday and said he wasn't going to make pitching changes because he didn't want to be seen in public.

Here's what he said, per Zack Meisel of The Athletic.

Never change, Tito.

The 2004 and 2007 World Series champion does have a point. These are some of the worst-looking uniforms the league could possibly have come up with for a weekend that is supposed to be colorful and filled with personality. It's hard to blame Francona for being embarrassed to wear them.

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