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Rafael Devers might be a bit sore after first career Red Sox walk-off

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Rafael Devers might be a bit sore after first career Red Sox walk-off

Rafael Devers experienced an MLB rite of passage he won't soon forget Thursday night.

Devers' chopper over the head of second baseman Lourdes Gurriel Jr. with one out in the ninth inning was a game-winner for the Boston Red Sox, who walked off with a much-needed 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

Devers' single was the first walk-off hit of his young Red Sox career, and as is tradition, his teammates tracked him down to give him a mini-beatdown.

Fortunately, the adrenaline masked any pain the 22-year-old third baseman may have absorbed.

"I didn’t feel anything at all," I was just super happy out there celebrating with my teammates," Devers said through a translator after the win, via MassLive.com. "Maybe tomorrow I’ll feel the pain from the punches but today it felt good."

Devers felt a little relief, too, considering the walk-off RBI was his first of the season amid a rough start to 2019.

"I wasn’t frustrated at all,” Devers added. “I knew at some point I was going to have runners at scoring position and I was going to be able to do my job."

Devers delivered when Boston needed it most Thursday, becoming the youngest Red Sox player since Xander Bogaerts (the man who got to him first in the celebration) in 2014 to record a walk-off hit.

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WATCH: Michael Chavis launches first-career grand slam in first inning

WATCH: Michael Chavis launches first-career grand slam in first inning

The Boston Red Sox got off to a quick start in the first inning of their three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. And much of that was thanks to Michael Chavis.

The Red Sox' rookie came up to plate with the bases loaded in his first at-bat of the game. Facing Blue Jays starter Trent Thornton, Chavis was able to clear the bases with a massive grand slam over the Green Monster. It was the first grand slam of the 23-year-old's career and he did take a moment to admire the blast after hitting it.

You can see the moonshot and Chavis' reaction here, courtesy of the Red Sox' official Twitter account.

The ball officially traveled 421 feet and was the 16th homer of Chavis' season. The homer also gave Chavis the RBI lead among AL rookies with 52 total (per the Red Sox Notes Twitter account).

This moment was one of a number of solid ones in Chavis' rookie season. The Red Sox certainly have to be happy with his production (.260, 16 HR, 52 RBIs) in place of the injured Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce.

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Red Sox draft pick Feleipe Franks: 'My career is football'

Red Sox draft pick Feleipe Franks: 'My career is football'

The Boston Red Sox made the decision to take a chance in the 31st round of the 2019 MLB Draft. With their pick, they added Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks to their squad.

Franks hasn't played baseball since high school, but that didn't stop the Red Sox from selecting him. And they ended up signing him before the July 12th deadline to ink prospects to contracts.

Despite that development, Franks' latest comments seemingly confirm that he is focused on football for the foreseeable future.

"My career is football," Franks said Monday at SEC media days per ESPN's Mike Rodak. "My main focus is football [in] college, then hopefully a career in the NFL. Then [baseball] is kind of like a backup plan, backup job."

Franks completed just 58.4 percent of his passes as a junior starter at Florida, but he was effective when accurate, totaling 2,457 yards, 24 touchdowns, and just six interceptions for the Gators. He also ran for 350 yards and seven touchdowns, so the 6-foot-6, 240-pound prospect does have dual-threat ability.

There's a good chance that an NFL team will take a chance on him in the draft or as an undrafted free agent. As of this writing, WalterFootball.com's Charlie Campbell has Franks listed as a Round 5-7 prospect, but the big-armed passer could rise if he shows improvement in 2019.

While Franks was an interesting choice by the Red Sox, it looks like he's more of a long-term, potential-based investment. He could eventually suit up for one of the Sox' minor league affiliates, but that won't be until he's finished with his football career.

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