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Steve Pearce earns 2018 World Series MVP honors

Steve Pearce earns 2018 World Series MVP honors

Steve Pearce is your 2018 World Series Most Valuable Player.

The Red Sox' midseason acquisition came up clutch in Game 4 with a solo home run and a three-run double, then came up big again in Game 5 with two homers and three RBIs. When the Red Sox offense went quiet, Pearce was the spark that ignited the run that finished the Dodgers off.

Pearce was asked if it's "beyond his wildest dream" to be MVP of the World Series.

"It sure is," Pearce said. "It sure is. This has been a lifelong journey. And to be here right now is a dream come true."

He later talked about starting the season in Toronto and ending it a World Series champion and MVP in Boston.

"You know, baseball is a funny game," Pearce said. "You never know where the game will take you. And I've gone through a lot in my life or in my career to be here, and I couldn't be more thankful."

Lastly, Pearce talked about what it's been like to play for Alex Cora during his tenure in Boston.

"You know, he's an amazing man," Pearce said. "He always seems to make the right moves. Whatever he says, we listen and we do it. We gelled together behind him, and everybody knew their roles because he was such a great leader, we followed him. I couldn't have asked for a better manager to play with, play for. In this great moment that we've had, it's been a great season, and he's definitely been the head of all of it, and it's great playing for him."

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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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