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Rivalry regressed? Red Sox, Yankees will make dubious history Tuesday

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Rivalry regressed? Red Sox, Yankees will make dubious history Tuesday

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees combined to win 208 games in 2018. Both entered 2019 as legitimate World Series contenders.

Through nearly three weeks of the MLB season, they've been anything but.

The Red Sox enter their two-game series against the Yankees with a 6-11 record, tied for last in the American League East with the lowly Baltimore Orioles and ahead of only the Kansas City Royals in the AL.

New York hasn't been much better: The Bronx Bombers are 6-9 and have lost five of their last six games while dealing with a rash of injuries.

Put it all together, and you have one of the worst Red Sox-Yankees series of the last three decades.

So much for that renewed rivalry.

The first Sox-Yankees series of the season still has plenty of juice -- ace Chris Sale gets the start against new Yankee hurler James Paxton on Tuesday -- and the bitter AL East rivals have ample time to turn things around.

But as the above note proves, we're getting to the point where this isn't exactly a small sample size for either team. 

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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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