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Mitch Moreland exits game vs. Rays with back spasms, is day-to-day

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Mitch Moreland exits game vs. Rays with back spasms, is day-to-day

Mitch Moreland left in the third inning of Saturday night's game vs. the Rays with back spasms.

The Red Sox first baseman was replaced by Steve Pearce and is considered day-to-day.

Moreland wasn't the only Sox player to go down with an injury on Saturday. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi was placed on the 10-day injured list with an elbow issue and may undergo surgery.

Fortunately for Boston, Moreland's injury isn't as serious and barring any surprises, he should be able to return to action sooner rather than later.

Manager Alex Cora issued an update on Moreland after the game.

"He's doing OK, just tight," Cora told reporters. "Obviously it's not the best surface to play, so. I asked him, I said, 'do you grind this one out and sit tomorrow, or I take you out right now and you'll be available tomorrow?' and he's like 'I'll be available for tomorrow."

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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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Dustin Pedroia, Brock Holt rehabbing in Portland this weekend

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Dustin Pedroia, Brock Holt rehabbing in Portland this weekend

Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt will be in Portland this weekend as part of their injury rehab assignments.

The duo will be on the Sea Dogs roster for their four-game series vs. Altoona. Joining them at Hadlock Field will be Red Sox reliever Brian Johnson, who is scheduled for a rehab start on Sunday.

Holt originally was placed on the injured list since on April 6 with a scratched cornea and suffered a setback later in the month with a right shoulder impingement. Pedroia went back on the IL in April with soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee.

While the Red Sox could use the infield depth, they're in no rush to get Pedroia or Holt back in the lineup with rookie Michael Chavis raking. The 23-year-old has 10 home runs through the first 29 games of his career.

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