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Rafael Devers not ready to call himself one of the best third basemen in the AL

Rafael Devers not ready to call himself one of the best third basemen in the AL

Rafael Devers continued his torrid start to the 2019 season Sunday against the Astros by going 2-for-4 with a mammoth home run that turned out to be the difference in the Red Sox 4-1 win. 

52 games into his second full season of action, Devers is hitting .330/.393/.508 with seven home runs and 30 RBI. 

This had to be what the Red Sox envisioned he could become when they called him up to the majors as a 20-year-old in the middle of the 2017 season. Devers experienced early success in 2017 but struggled at times last year, hitting .240 along with 211 strikeouts. 

Now it seems Devers is putting it all together. Over his last 27 games, he is hitting .377/.415/.640 while helping the Red Sox fight their way out of the hole they dug themselves with an early-season slump. 

But when asked if he considered himself as one of the best third basemen in the American League, Devers wasn't ready to give himself that type of praise yet. 

He's up against the likes of Houston's Alex Bregman, Cleveland's Jose Ramirez and Oakland's Matt Chapman, but it's a promising sign that Devers doesn't believe his work is done.

And for the Red Sox to stay in contention for years to come, Devers will have to develop into the kind of player where it's easy to place him among the league's elite in the hot corner. 

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Mitch Moreland 'running out of stuff to say' about Rafael Devers

Mitch Moreland 'running out of stuff to say' about Rafael Devers

On Sunday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox were able to fight back to earn a win over the Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox were down 6-0, but they scored 13 answered runs to overtake the woeful Orioles en route to their fifth straight win.

In the contest, the Red Sox offense was powered by Rafael Devers. The 22-year-old went 4-for-5 in the game with a homer and four RBIs and made history. He became only the second Red Sox player to total 100-plus RBIs and 100-plus runs in a season at age 23 or younger. The only other player to do that was Ted Williams, who did it twice.

Devers is currently on a hot streak for the Sox, batting .652 with 3 homers, 7 doubles, and 11 RBIs over the course of his past five games. He also leads the league in hits, RBIs, and doubles as of this writing. And his consistently solid performance has earned endless praise from his coaches and teammates.

"I’m running out of stuff to say about him," first baseman Mitch Moreland said, per Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. "It seems like a bad day for him is 2 for 4 with a double. He’s been incredible."

Meanwhile, manager Alex Cora praised Devers for his consistency and ability to string together quality at-bats.

"It seems like everything that is in the zone he’s hitting hard," Cora said, per Abraham. "The quality of the at-bats are great. He keeps working. He’s not taking anything for granted."

Devers' red-hot performance has coincided with the Red Sox' recent winning streak, so the team will hope that he can continue to stay hot. And if he can, that could do a lot to help the team succeed with their pitching staff currently weakened by injuries.

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Chris Sale will visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday

Chris Sale will visit with Dr. James Andrews on Monday

Chris Sale is officially getting ready for a visit with Dr. James Andrews.

According to Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, the team's ace will be heading down to Florida to meet with the renowned surgeon on Monday. At that point in time, Sale and Dr. Andrews will discuss options for treatment on his sore elbow.

"[Sale] just wants to make sure he has all the facts," Cora said of the visit, per Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. "He wants to see where we’re at with it and all the opinions."

Sale, who is in the midst of a career-worst season that has seen him log a 6-11 record and 4.40 ERA. He was placed on the 10-day IL on Saturday with left elbow inflammation and the visit with Dr. Andrews has raised some concerns about the potential for Tommy John surgery. We'll know more about the situation after Sale's visit on Monday.

After losing Sale, Cora stated that the team has "got to keep going" without Sale in the rotation. They got off to a good start by beating the Baltimore Orioles in the past two contests, but the bigger test for them will be how they fare in the upcoming week against the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres.

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