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Mookie Betts says he won't visit White House with Red Sox

Mookie Betts says he won't visit White House with Red Sox

The Red Sox will be without their MVP when they visit the White House.

Mookie Betts told the Boston Globe on Saturday night that he has decided not to make the trip to Washington D.C. to celebrate his team's World Series title.

“I won’t be going there,” Betts said. “I decided not to.”

Betts told the press at the New York Baseball Writers’ Association of America dinner, where he accepted his American League MVP award. He did not explain his reason for opting not to attend.

The Sox outfielder won't be the only member of the team absent. Third baseman Rafael Devers already said will not be making the trip, and manager Alex Cora said he is still undecided.

The Red Sox' White House visit was rescheduled from Feb. 15 to May 9 due to the government shutdown.

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Christian Vazquez hits first career grand slam, 20th home run of 2019

Christian Vazquez hits first career grand slam, 20th home run of 2019

Christian Vazquez's career year at the plate continued Sunday, hitting his first career grand slam against the Phillies. 

It was also the 20th home run of the year for the fifth-year catcher, blowing away his former career-high in home runs (five in 2017).

Vazquez holds career highs in virtually every offensive category, which has earned him the regular starting job behind the plate as opposed to sharing time with Sandy Leon. 

His resurgence has also helped the Red Sox maintain an elite level of production offensively from last year's dominant World Series run.  Unfortunately subpar pitching will keep the team from returning to the playoffs, but if Vazquez can build off this season there's no reason to believe this lineup can't continue into 2020.

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Alex Cora: Eduardo Rodriguez has been "throwing like an ace" all season

Alex Cora: Eduardo Rodriguez has been "throwing like an ace" all season

After another superb outing against the Phillies Saturday night, Eduardo Rodriguez earned high praise from his manager Alex Cora. 

"He’s throwing like an ace," Cora said on NESN postgame. "We’re very happy with the progress. The fact that it’s Sept. 14, 15, and he’s as strong as early in the season. That’s good to see.”

Rodriguez didn't secure his 18th win of the year thanks to a seventh-inning walk with the bases loaded, but that doesn't take away from a 12-strikeout performance.

Rodriguez now has a 3.64 ERA in over 185 innings pitched. The Sox need Rodriguez to come into his own if they hope to stay in contention long term, and he continues to show progress toward reaching his potential. 

Rodriguez still has a chance to get to 20 wins, but he'll have to win each of the three starts he has left in 2019. 

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