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Red Sox call up top prospect Darwinzon Hernandez, send Colten Brewer to Pawtucket

Red Sox call up top prospect Darwinzon Hernandez, send Colten Brewer to Pawtucket

The Boston Red Sox made a roster move before Sunday's game. It just wasn't one that many expected to see.

Instead of activating Brock Holt from the IL, the team elected to call up top pitching prospect Darwinzon Hernandez to add help to their bullpen. The corresponding move was to send down Colten Brewer, per the Red Sox official Twitter account.

Hernandez had one appearance in his lone stint with the Red Sox earlier in the season. He was called up as the 26th man for a doubleheader and logged 2 1/3 scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers. Hernandez will add a lefty to the bullpen, which is something the Sox have been operating without in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Brewer has been on the Red Sox roster since Opening Day. The 26-year-old has struggled at times, posting a 5.32 ERA in 20 appearances, but he did pitch 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of David Price in last night's game against the Astros. Perhaps the team just needs bullpen help after Price's unexpectedly short start and sent down Brewer because he still had options.

Either way, this is an intriguing move, as Hernandez is one of the Sox' top pitching prospects and has posted 41 strikeouts in 31 innings at Portland this year. We'll see if this is a temporary move or if the team is willing to give the 22-year-old a shot to help fix the team's leaky bullpen.

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Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers admits he still experiences anxiety before games

Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers admits he still experiences anxiety before games

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers doesn't always have the easiest time preparing for games. 

After a breakout season in 2019 (.311, 32 homers, 115 RBI, .916 OPS), the 23-year-old has turned into one of Boston's best at the plate, but that doesn't mean he doesn't experience anxiety. 

The Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato sat down with Devers for an interview before the MLB postponed its season due to the coronavirus, and Devers indicated that he still feels a rush before games begin.

“The hardest thing I still go through is every game I still get this anxiousness of the game starting," Devers said, according to Mastrodonato. "It’s this happiness of being out there and being on the field and playing and getting over that anxiety. I’m just over-emotional about the opportunity and being out there playing.

“Because it’s not like a nervous thing, it’s more of an excited thing. That first inning is a big rush. But after that first inning settles, I get an at-bat and it’s like, alright, the game kind of settles. It’s just me being overly emotional about how happy I am.”

“It’s something I’ve been working on since I’ve been here. I’ve been working with previous people in the organization that led me to some of my breathing techniques that I do now. But it’s all about controlling myself. I know it. It’s still there and I’m still working on it. But I have gotten much better at it.”

Of course, you can tell that Devers can't wait to take the field -- he lights up like a kid on Christmas -- but you'd never know truly how emotional he gets. 

In three seasons with the Red Sox, Devers has hit .282 with 211 RBI, 63 home runs and a 5.8 WAR. Based on his 2019 stats, those pregame jitters must've been a little easier to deal with last season. 

Whatever's in store for the Red Sox in 2020, and whenever the baseball season begins, we should expect some big things from Devers in his fourth season.

Why was Red Sox great Bill Buckner trending on Twitter Friday night?

Why was Red Sox great Bill Buckner trending on Twitter Friday night?

R.I.P. Bill Buckner. Ten months later.

Why was the former Red Sox first baseman, who died on May 27, 2019, trending on Twitter Friday night?

It can apparently be traced to New York Times political writer Maggie Haberman on Friday afternoon tweeting a link to Buckner's obit from ESPN.com from the day he died of complications from Lewy body dementia at 69.

Haberman has 1.2 million Twitter followers and it appears some of them thought this was new news.

Former Boston Globe columnist and current MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle tweeted a Buckner tribute a few hours after Haberman's tweet. 

R.I.P Bill Bucker tweets followed well into Friday night, along with plenty informing the tweeter that Buckner had passed away months earlier. 

Haberman appeared to acknowledge her odd timing in a follow-up tweet.

No matter. As Barnicle points out, Buckner ought not to be remembered for the error that was the first line in his obit, but as a terrific hitter (2,715 hits, .289 career batting average, National League-leading .324 in 1980) in a 22-year major league career with five teams (Dodgers, Cubs, two stints with the Red Sox, Angels and Royals). 

And really, anytime is a good time to look back at that.