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This stat shows how hot Rafael Devers has been at the plate in May

This stat shows how hot Rafael Devers has been at the plate in May

The Red Sox' hottest hitter in May hasn't been Mookie Betts or J.D. Martinez.

It's Rafael Devers.

The 22-year-old has been sensational through 13 games played this month, slashing .375/.419/.607 with three home runs and 14 RBI in that span. One stat in particular that highlights Devers' dominance in the month of May is his 31 hard-hit balls (exit velocity of 95 mph or higher), according to Statcast. That number leads the entire league.

Devers has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his three years in the majors. It was only a matter of time until the former top Sox prospect broke out in a big way.

He'll look to keep the hot streak going as the Red Sox begin what should be an entertaining series vs. the Houston Astros at Fenway Park.

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MLB rumors: Latest Madison Bumgarner trade buzz involving Red Sox, Yankees and more

MLB rumors: Latest Madison Bumgarner trade buzz involving Red Sox, Yankees and more

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is one of the best starting pitchers who could be moved before the July 31 MLB non-waiver trade deadline.

The veteran left-hander pitched what might have been his final game at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Thursday night, and he put on a show. Bumgarner threw a complete game, allowing five hits and one earned run with one walk and six strikeouts. The Giants won 3-2 in 16 innings.

Bumgarner has not enjoyed a particularly strong 2019 season, but he rarely pitches less than six innings, he has won three World Series with the Giants and thrives in high-pressure situations. He's the ideal trade deadline pick up for a championship contender in search of a pitching upgrade.

The 29-year-old also is in the final year of his contract, so he'd be a rental for any team acquiring him. His 2019 salary is $12 million.

Several teams, including the Boston Red Sox, have either sent scouts to watch games Bumgarner has started and/or are rumored to be interested in acquiring him. Here's the latest trade buzz involving Bumgarner as the deadline approaches.

Boston Red Sox:

Minnesota Twins:

Philadelphia Phillies:

"It is well known that the Phillies are in the market for starting pitching," Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia wrote Thursday. "They have spoken to the Texas Rangers about Mike Minor, the Detroit Tigers about Matthew Boyd and the San Francisco Giants about Madison Bumgarner. They have also investigated the possibility of trading for Zack Greinke, Arizona’s high-priced right-hander."

New York Yankees:

"As previously reported, the Yankees (rightly, in our humble opinion) consider Bumgarner in a class below deadline targets Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman and Zack Wheeler (if healthy)," Andy Martino of SNY wrote Friday. "But they're not totally out on him, in part because he might come at a lower price."

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Mitch Moreland to play in rehab game Friday, Steve Pearce 'Nothing even close to (being) back'

Mitch Moreland to play in rehab game Friday, Steve Pearce 'Nothing even close to (being) back'

The Boston Red Sox are continuing to wait for reinforcements for their depth at first base. The team's platoon duo to start the season, Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce, have both been out since early June. And right now, it doesn't look like Pearce is set to return any time soon.

At the moment, Pearce is down in Fort Myers and only is hitting off a tee, according to Christopher Smith of MassLive.com. And Alex Cora confirmed that Pearce is still a long way off from returning to the squad.

“(He's) just rehabbing down there,” Cora said, per Smith. “Nothing even close to (being) back.”

Pearce is only hitting .180 on the season, so the Red Sox will take their time in getting him fully healthy. They'll be able to survive without him, especially given that the righthanded Michael Chavis has hit .258 with 16 homers while playing solid defense in his rookie season. He can continue to hold the fort as the righthanded first base option in Pearce's stead.

As for Moreland, there was some hope that he would have a chance to return ahead of the team's series against the Baltimore Orioles. However, Moreland is going to be playing a rehab game on Friday instead. And Cora said that they would make a decision about activating him depending on how this weekend goes.

“(He'll) get at-bats over the weekend and see how he feels. And make a decision (on when he returns) over the weekend," Cora said, per Smith.

So, while Moreland's return has been pushed back a couple of times, it does seem that he will be returning to the lineup soon. And getting his lefthanded bat back to platoon with Chavis would be nice for the team, as it will give them several different lineup options.

Moreland is hitting .225 this year but had 13 homers in just 151 at-bats before landing on the IL.

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