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Red Sox lineup: Michael Chavis makes starting debut... at second base

Red Sox lineup: Michael Chavis makes starting debut... at second base

The Boston Red Sox are looking for their first series sweep of the season. After locking up a series win by virtue of their 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last night, the team will get a chance to win the three-game series on Sunday.

Boston will trot David Price out to the mound to pitch. Price had a terrific outing against the Baltimore Orioles in his last start, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out seven batters. His 3.79 ERA is the best among the starters and he will look to stay hot against a solid Rays lineup.

The bigger note on the lineup is the fact that the Red Sox' top prospect, Michael Chavis, will be making the first start of his career on Sunday. Chavis had a key pinch-hit double in his first major league at-bat to help the Red Sox emerge victoriously against the Rays last night. He will look prove that his bat can help pick up what has been, so far, a struggling Red Sox offense.

That said, Chavis' defense at second base will be a question mark. He has only logged five games at the position in the minors, so that will be something to watch. Tzu-Wei Lin could end up coming in late as a defensive replacement for Chavis.

Also, Mitch Moreland, who left Saturday night's win early with back spasms, is returning to the lineup.

The Red Sox will have a tough task against the Rays, as Tyler Glasnow will be on the mound. Glasnow, a part of the team's Chris Archer deal, has been terrific through four starts, posting a 4-0 record and a 1.13 ERA. His four wins are tied for most in the American League and he is averaging a strikeout per inning.

Here's a look at the full lineups for both teams.

BOSTON RED SOX (8-13)
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Mitch Moreland 1B
J.D. Martinez DH
Xander Bogaerts SS
Rafael Devers 3B
Michael Chavis 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Christian Vazquez C

David Price LHP (1-1, 3.79 ERA)

TAMPA BAY RAYS (14-7)
Yandy Diaz 1B
Tommy Pham LF
Daniel Robertson 3B
Avisail Garcia DH
Joey Wendle 2B
Guillermo Heredia RF
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Willy Adames SS
Michael Perez C

Tyler Glasnow, RHP (4-0, 1.13 ERA)

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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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