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Michael Chavis smashes Gleyber Torres' MLB second baseman record

Michael Chavis smashes Gleyber Torres' MLB second baseman record

Want context for just how good Michael Chavis has been since joining the Boston Red Sox?

Gleyber Torres, the New York Yankees' phenom second baseman, burst onto the scene in 2018 with 10 home runs in his first 36 games to set a Major League Baseball record for his position.

Pretty incredible, right? It was ... until Chavis beat Torres' record by eight games Wednesday night.

Chavis' 10th homer of his young MLB career was a game-winning moonshot in the 13th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays.

It was quite the milestone-setter, too, as the 23-year-old also is the second-fastest Red Sox player ever to reach 10 home runs behind George Scott in 1966 (21 games).

Here's one more stat: Since making his debut on April 20, Chavis is averaging one home run per every 10.6 at-bats, which ranks him ninth among all players with at least 100 plate appearances this season.

Not bad for a kid who began last season with Boston's Single-A club.

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Watch Mookie Betts mow down runner at third with incredible throw

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Watch Mookie Betts mow down runner at third with incredible throw

With the Red Sox officially eliminated from postseason contention, you may have decided against tuning into Monday night's game vs. the Rays.

If that's the case, you missed an absolutely bonkers outfield assist by Mookie Betts. Boston's star right fielder retrieved a ball hit into the corner by Rays slugger Avisail Garcia, who attempted to stretch it into a triple. That ended up being an unwise choice as Betts tossed a 305-foot missile to third base to throw him out.

Watch below:

Here's another angle:

One of many reasons Betts has three Gold Glove trophies on his mantle.

With only six games remaining on the Red Sox' schedule, the focus soon will shift to Betts' potentially numbered days in Boston. The 2018 American League MVP is set to hit unrestricted free agency after the 2020 season, which means the Sox front office will have a difficult decision to make if the face of their franchise continues to put contract extension talks aside.

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 7-4 loss to the Rays

Highlights from the Red Sox' 7-4 loss to the Rays

FINAL SCORE: Rays 7, Red Sox 4

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox led 4-0 in the fourth inning Monday night before giving up three home runs to fall behind 6-4 to the Rays by the end of the frame, resulting in a loss where Boston dropped three-of-four to Tampa on the road. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 81-75

HIGHLIGHTS

2nd inning

Marco Hernandez hit a ground-rule double to left, Bradley Jr. scored (1-0 BOS)

3rd inning

Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled to right, Moreland scored (2-0 BOS)

4th inning

Rafael Devers singled to right, Hernandez scored (3-0 BOS)
J.D. Martinez singled to center for his 100th RBI of the year, Betts scored (4-0 BOS)

Ji-Man Choi hit a three-run homer to center, Meadows and d'Arnaud scored (4-3 BOS)

Brandon Lowe launched a solo home run (4-4)

Willy Adames hit a two-run homer to left, Kiermaier scored (6-4 TB)

6th inning

Avisail hit double to right but was thrown out at third by Mookie Betts, Choi scored (7-4 TB)

UP NEXT:
@Rangers, Tuesday, 8:05 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Wednesday, 8:05 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Thursday, 2:05 p.m., NESN

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