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Red Sox announce 11 undrafted free agent signings before 2020 season

Red Sox announce 11 undrafted free agent signings before 2020 season

The Boston Red Sox have officially added 11 more players to their organization.

The team announced Wednesday it has signed nearly a dozen non-drafted free agents to minor league contracts.

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Here's a list of those players:

Jose Garcia, C, Florida International University
Cuba Bess, INF, Grand Canyon University
Jake MacKenzie, INF, Fordham University
Merfy Andrew, RHP, St. Thomas University
Jacinto Arredondo, RHP, University of Tampa
Maceo Campbell, RHP, Longwood University
Jordan DiValerio, RHP, St. Joseph’s University
Graham Hoffman, RHP, University of South Florida
Robert Kwiatkowski, RHP, Marshall University
Cole Milam, RHP, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Brian Van Belle, RHP, University of Miami

Undrafted players don't often make a huge impact at the Major League level, but with a class of 11 signings, there's a chance the Red Sox could find a useful player or two from this group. At the very least, these moves add depth to a Red Sox prospect pool that badly needs it.

Red Sox vs. Rays highlights: J.D. Martinez homers, but Sox pitching struggles in 8-7 loss

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Red Sox vs. Rays highlights: J.D. Martinez homers, but Sox pitching struggles in 8-7 loss

FINAL SCORE: Tampa Bay Rays 8, Boston Red Sox 7

IN BRIEF: J.D. Martinez's first home run of the season was a bright spot, but the Red Sox pitching staff was not as they dropped Game 1 of their series vs. the Rays on Monday night. Boston used six different pitchers in the loss and none of them had an answer for Tampa Bay as they allowed a combined 16 hits and eight walks.

Backup catcher Kevin Plawecki had a nice night for the Red Sox with three hits and two RBI, and Jonathan Arauz collected his first three MLB hits and two RBI.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 6-10

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HIGHLIGHTS

J.D. snaps the slump

Kiermaier robs Arauz

Arauz notches first MLB hit

Rays rally

Choi puts Rays ahead

Rays pile it on

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vs. Rays, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., NESN
vs. Rays, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., NESN

Michael Chavis lets slip hilariously off-color reaction to Jonathan Arauz being robbed of first hit

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Michael Chavis lets slip hilariously off-color reaction to Jonathan Arauz being robbed of first hit

Michael Chavis was really pulling for rookie rule 5 pick Jonathan Arauz to record his first hit on Monday night. So when the infielder ripped a Ryan Yarbrough offering to deep center field, Chavis thrust both arms over his head in celebration.

Just one problem: Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.

Kiermaier raced onto the warning track and appeared to mistime his leap, but managed to hang in the air just long enough to corral the drive before tumbling to the dirt in front of the center field fence. Instead of his first big-league knock, the 22-year-old Panamanian simply had his first loud out, and Chavis couldn't hide his frustration on his teammate's behalf.

When he realized the ball had landed in Kiermaier's glove, Chavis dropped his hands and raised his middle finger in Kiermaier's direction before simply covering his face.

Not the first time the three-time Gold Glover has elicited that reaction, and undoubtedly not the last.