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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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Pumpsie Green, breaker of Red Sox' color barrier, passes away at 85

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Pumpsie Green, breaker of Red Sox' color barrier, passes away at 85

One of the most important players in Red Sox history, Elijah "Pumpsie" Green, has passed away at the age of 85.

Green broke the Red Sox' color barrier in 1959, making them the final pre-expansion MLB organization to integrate. He made history when he took the field as a pinch-runner in a July 21 game vs. the White Sox.

The former infielder played in Boston for parts of four seasons and was traded to the Mets after the 1962 campaign. Green hit .246 with 13 homers and 74 RBI in his career.

The Red Sox held a moment of silence for Green prior to Wednesday night's game vs. the Blue Jays.

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These stats show Red Sox star Xander Bogaerts is legit AL MVP candidate

These stats show Red Sox star Xander Bogaerts is legit AL MVP candidate

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts won the American League MVP last season, and one of his teammates is making a compelling case for the award in 2019.

Xander Bogaerts is the hottest player in Major League Baseball right now. The Red Sox shortstop is batting .600 (12-for-20) with four home runs, nine RBI and seven runs in the five games since the All-Star break.

Overall, Bogaerts is batting .312 with 21 homers, 74 RBI and a .399 on-base percentage. He's been Boston's most productive hitter and he's on pace to set several career highs.

Bogaerts deserves to be in the AL MVP conversation, and the stats in the tweet below help create a compelling case for the young star.

The leading candidate for AL MVP is -- surprise, surprise -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, who's finished first or second in the voting for this award in six of the last seven seasons.

Here's where Trout ranks among AL players in the same categories listed in the tweet above.

51 XBH (T-1st)
75 RBI (1st)
74 runs (T-2nd)
.305 avg (8th)
.666 SLG (1st)
.455 OBP (1st)
1.121 OPS (1st)
20 2B (T-19th)
30 HR (1st)
95 hits (T-22nd)

One factor that could help swing the voting is the postseason races. Both the Red Sox and Angels don't have much of a chance to win their respective divisions, but an AL wild-card berth certainly is possible for each club. The Red Sox are three games behind the second wild-card spot, while the Angels are 4.5 games back. Trout has been to the playoffs only once in his career, and he'd probably have more than two MVP awards if the Angels had been more competitive earlier in his career.

Bogaerts needs an incredible second half of the year to win AL MVP, but there's no question he deserves to be mentioned as a legitimate candidate right now.

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