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Rafael Devers joins elite company with ASG performance

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The Boston Red Sox' fingerprints were all over the American League's 5-2 victory in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.

An AL-leading five Red Sox players participated in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic at Coors Field: shortstop Xander Bogaerts, third baseman Rafael Devers, designated hitter J.D. Martinez, starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and reliever Matt Barnes.

Eovaldi and Barnes both pitched scoreless innings, while Bogaerts and Devers -- both All-Star starters -- combined to go 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI against the National League.

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The double came courtesy of Devers, who smacked a one-hopper down the first base line in the second inning. While the 24-year-old didn't score in the inning, he joined a very short list of Red Sox who have doubled in the All-Star Game before their 25th birthday.

The greatest hitter who ever lived and the best active shortstop in the AL? Not bad company to keep.

In fact, Devers joins only Bogaerts and perennial All-Star Mike Trout among All-Stars since 2011 with doubles before turning 25.

Those stats are a further reminder that the present and future are bright on the left side of Boston's infield. The 28-year-old Bogaerts is in his prime and under contract until at least 2025 (with an opt-out in 2022), while Devers became the second-youngest third baseman to start an All-Star Game in the last 40 years (outside Manny Machado) and should have plenty more All-Star appearances in his future.

 

Devers, Bogaerts and the AL-leading Red Sox will get back to real competition Thursday when they visit the rival New York Yankees.